Project Title: Neighborhood Automatic External Defibrillator Network

Cardiospark logoTeam 16068 Members:
Abdulmajid Alsaeed, industrial engineering
Daniel Davis, electrical and computer engineering
Jacob Garlant, biomedical engineering
Nathan Hancock, biomedical engineering
Rohan Mehta, electrical and computer engineering
Susan Nicholls, mechanical engineering (team lead)

Sponsor: CardioSpark

Lifesaving Neighborhood Network

Response time for 911 emergency calls in most urban areas is 8-10 minutes. But that isn’t fast enough for the 350,000 Americans every year experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, more than 90 percent of whom die. If an automatic external defibrillator, or AED, doesn’t arrive in five to eight minutes, it’s too late.

Wall-mounted AEDs are widely available in schools, libraries, airports and other public places. But chances are no one at home, where most cases of sudden cardiac arrest occur, has a defibrillator on hand.

Engineering Design Team 16068 is helping CardioSpark develop a 911-integrated system whereby home-based AEDS can be remotely monitored, tracked and connected. The system will give emergency medical personnel the means to quickly dispatch and support trained neighborhood responders.

Dr. Carter Newton with an automatic external defibrillator.The Tucson-based biotech startup sponsored two teams last year to advance an affordable, hand-held disposable defibrillator. Now the 2016-2017 CardioSpark-sponsored team is developing radio tags – similar to those used for tracking retail store inventory – that will attach to AEDs and enable communication with the 911 computer-assisted dispatch system.

With a widespread community network of AEDs, response time to incidents of sudden cardiac arrest, the leading cause of death for Americans over 40, could be reduced to three minutes or less, said CardioSpark founder and president Carter Newton, a cardiologist and mechanical engineer.

“We’re giving the students a lot of latitude, and we’re getting the very creative input of problem-solving people,” said Newton, whose company is making plans to pilot test the system in a retirement community 20 miles south of Tucson.