The OpenISES Project
Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) Programs are becoming a ever going aspect of emergency medicine. The PAD Program Manager is designed to assist those agencies tasked with monitoring the PAD Programs in their jurisdiction.
Update! Prototype Now Available
In response to several requests, we have decided to make the original version of the Access 2000 prototype available. This package has been updated to allow for many different types of agencies to make use of the prototype. The package includes a User's Manual that describes all of the functions available in the program. The manual also includes the complete data dictionary for the prototype and ideas on how to modify and expand the original prototype to meet the needs of your agency.
We want to thank everyone who has expressed an interest in this project, and we hope to be able to bring further updates to the full version of the program in the near future.
It is important to note that this prototype only works under Access 2000 (and possibly later versions). If you do not have Microsoft Access installed, this prototype will not function.
The prototype can be downloaded at http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=103141&package_id=136239
Access 2000 Prototype
An Access 2000 Prototype was constructed to determine the feasibility of the project. This prototype has been in use by a local fire department and has been shown to be effective in tracking the facilities involved in the PAD Program.
The PAD Program Manager tracks each facility in the PAD Program, the number, type and locations of AEDs within the facility. It also tracks the lot numbers of AED pads and when they expire. Information on the PAD Program Coordinator for a facility is recorded, and the facility's Medical Director is tracked. This information is used to show where AEDs are located in the jurisdiction, and it is passed on to the local 9-1-1 Communications Center. This will allow a dispatcher to remind a caller of where an AED is located in their building, and help talk them through the use of the AED if necessary.
We have included a couple of sample screens of the Access prototype in the Screen Shots section. In the time since the prototype was finished, we have learned several important lessons, and plan to incorporate those into the Windows version.
We are also developing a companion program for the individual facilities to use. The AED Project Manager will be able to track the AEDs in a facility, and keep records on emergency training employees within the facility have taken. Both of these programs are being made available via the GPL.
We are currently in the planning stages, and any input now would be greatly appreciated. We have set up several forums so that discussions can occur concerning the software and how we can improve upon it. We also have a mailing list that can keep you updated on the progress of the software development and the updates to the web site.