August 9, 2017


Welcome to the EHS Provincial AED Registry Program

In 2011, Emergency Health Services (EHS) launched an offline AED Registry database to track the locations and maintenance records of all AEDs in Nova Scotia.

EHS has now launched an enhanced Registry to enable an online and more automated approach to tracking and notifications for maintenance and expiries for AEDs. EHS has partnered with AED Link to support the implementation. The new Registry will be introduced in two phases. These phases will allow for quality assurance that the program is functioning as it should. It also allows Nova Scotia to get used to the new Registry through questions and experiences.

Phase one will include:

  • Phase one will focus on spreading the word about the enhanced Registry through an awareness campaign to encourage AED “owners” to join the online database.
  • Also at this time, the first steps will be taken to integrate the AED Link app with the EHS Medical Communications Centre (MCC).
  • To begin, some notifications will be sent to responders through AED Link, based on specific response criteria generated from the EHS MCC call taking process.
  • AED owners will receive notifications with regards to maintenance and expiries.

Phase two will include:

  • We do expect full automation to be completed in the coming months however this is dependent on some work being done between AED Link and the MCC caller questioning software.
  • Once fully automated, the enhanced Registry will direct a 911 (emergency) caller to the nearest AED and owners/responders will be notified of the patient location through notifications.

Goals for the enhanced EHS AED Registry program include:

  • Promoting an increased quantity of AEDs throughout the province
  • Ensuring that all registered AEDs in Nova Scotia are properly maintained and up-to-date
  • Increasing awareness that early CPR and AEDs can save a life
  • Promoting CPR and AED training
  • Increasing survival rates for sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrests

A sudden cardiac arrest can happen anywhere. Are you prepared?