‘Lifesaving scavenger hunt' to take over Salt Lake City

Published 08/04 2014 03:33PM

Updated 08/04 2014 04:51PM

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - University of Utah Health Care and the Salt Lake City Fire Department are asking for your help in locating all the automatic external defibrillators or AEDs in Salt Lake City.

Knowing where the nearest AED is could mean life or death for someone suffering from a heart attack.

“When a victim collapses from sudden cardiac arrest, each minute that elapses until rescuers arrive with a defibrillator results in a decrease in survival of 10 percent, so the earlier that an AED is brought to the location of that victim the more likely he is to survive,” said Dr. Scott Youngquist, University of Utah Emergency Medicine and SLC Fire Medical Director.

More and more AEDs are being purchased across the city, but only about 75 registered.

That’s why you're being asked to participate in a 30-day scavenger hunt on social media to help medical personnel locate all of them.

Participants will compete for a $5,000 prize.

For more details click here

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