Press Release – Coffee shops, 24-hour ATMs the best locations for life-saving AEDs, research shows

ATMs and coffee shops such as Tim Hortons, Starbucks and Second Cup make ideal locations for placing automated external defibrillators (AEDs), according to a new study led by U of T Engineering researchers Professor Timothy Chan (MIE) and Christopher Sun (MIE PhD candidate), in collaboration with St. Michael’s Hospital.

When a patient suffers cardiac arrest, every second counts — the chances of survival decrease by 10 per cent each minute. Responding quickly can be the difference between life and death, and that means having immediate access to a nearby AED.

Full article at: UofT NewsUofT Engineering NewsMIE News

Reposted at: (March 20), (March 20), EurekAlert! (March 20), Health Medicine Network (March20), Medical Xpress (March 20), Science Daily (March 21), Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (March 21), Medical Web Times (March 21), New Green World Journal (March 22)

Other articles in the media:

  1. ATMs, Coffee Shops Ideal Spots for Heart Defibrillators (HealthDay, March 20; reposted at: 1MD, All Latest NewsBanner Health, Baptist Health, Barnes Jewish Hospital, Baylor Scott & White HealthBillings Gazette, Black Village Journal, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of LouisianaCentral Ohio Primary Care, Chippewa Herald,, clinicdrugstore.netCorvallis Gazette-Times, Doctors,, EHE InternationalEssentia Health,, FirstLight Health System, Foothills Medical Group, Fremont TribuneGlens Falls Post Star, Health.comHelena Independent, InovaLa Crosse TribuneLedger IndependentLincoln Journal StarLongview Daily News, Times-News, MedicineNet, MedlinePlus, MissoulianMontana StandardNorthwest Indiana Times, Novant Health, PantagraphPecan Valley Centers,, Rapid City Journal, Ridgeview Medical Center, Riverwood Health Care Center, St. Louis Post-Depatch, Salinas Valley Memorial Health System, Signature Healthcare, Stony Brook Medicine, Tampa General Hospital, U.S. News, University Health System, University of Chicago Medicine, Winona Daily News, March 20; Everyday Health Media, Miltech, March 21; Foreign Affairs New Zealand, Grand Medicine, March 22)
  2. Busy coffee shops and bank machines top list of ideal spots to place life-saving devices (CBC News, March 20; reposted:, CHEK News, Health Medicine Network, Newsvader, March 20; Alberta Health Services, March 31)
  3. Coffee, Cash, an AED: Study Ranks Best Spots for Devices (MedPage Today, March 20)
  4. Coffee shops, ATMs are ideal spots for automated external defibrillators: study (Canadian Press, March 20; reposted at: CFJC Today, CTV News, Local Xpress, Nanaimo News NowPrince Albert Now,, Toronto Metro, Toronto Star, Winnipeg Free Press, March 20; Abbotsford News, Aldergrove Star, Barrie Today, Brandon Sun, Caledonia Courier, Campbell River Mirror, Carroll News Online, Castlegar News, ChrisD Winnipeg News, Coast Mountain News, Comox Valley Echo, Hamilton Spectator, Hope Standard, InfoTel News Kamploops, Kelowna Daily CourierKootenay News Advertiser, Maple Ridge News, Montreal Gazette, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, Northern View, Ottawa Citizen, Reddit, Revelstoke Review, Sooke News Mirror,,, TBNewsWatchTimes & Transcript,, Toronto SunWaterloo Region Record, Yahoo! News Canada, March 21; St. John’s Telegram, March 23)
  5. Coffee shops, ATMs ideal spots for automated external defibrillators: study (Condensed from Canadian Press: Cape Breton Post, Guardian, iHeart Radio, Lethbridge Herald, Medicine Hat News, Truro Daily NewsWestern Star, March 20;, March 21)
  6. Coffee shops, ATMs may be good spots for AEDs (American Heart Association News, March 20)
  7. Coffee shops, ATMs may be ideal locations for defibrillators, study says (CNN, CNN International, March 20; reposted at: Click 2 Houston, Click on Detroit Local 4, Click Orlando News 6, Eagle 99.3 FM, Frozen Truth, Gant Daily News, KAKE abc, KCCI Des Moines 8 CBS, KCMO 94.9 FM, KCRA 3 NBC, KETV Omaha 7, KHBS-TV 40/29KMBC News 9, KMJ Now, KOAT 7 Action News, KOCO News 5, KSAT 12 abc, KSBW 8, KTVK-TV 3, Local 10 News, Nash 102.5 FM, NBC, WABC 77 Radio, WBAL-TV 11 NBC, WBBL 107.3 FM, WCVB abc, WDSU News 6 NBC, WESH 2 NBC, WGAL 8 NBC, WGOW 1150 AM, wicc 600, WISN 12 abc, WJCL 22 abc, WJXT-TV, WLKY CBS, WLWT 5 NBC, WMTW News 8 abc, WMUR 9, World Breaking NewsWPBF 25 News abcWTAE Action News 4, WTN 99.7 FM, WTVR 6 CBSWVTM 13 NBC, WXII News 12, WYFF 4 NBC, March 20;,,,,,, Fox 10,, KEYT 3, KGET, KMIZ 17 abc, KRCR News Channel 7 abc, KRDO News Channel 13 abc, KTVZ News Channel 21, KTVX 4 abc, KTXS 12 abc, KVIA 7 abc, KXLY, KYMA 11 NBC, Local News 8 abc,,, MSTP 4 Channel 4000 News,,,,, NBC Montana,,, RGVProud, RocketCityNow,, WAPT 16 News, WCTI News Channel 12 abc, WCYB 5 NBC,,,, WETM Twin Tiers, WFMZ-TV 69 News, WISC-TV News 3 Channel 3000, WKBT-TV News 8 News8000, WQAD News 8 abc, WROC-TV News 8, WYOU-TV,, March 21;, undated)
  8. Coffee shops, ATMs may be ideal locations for lifesaving AEDs (American Heart Association Newsroom, March 20; reposted at: Athletic Trainers News Feed, Miltech,,,, March 20; EMS1, Madison County Courier, Medical News Today, March 22; Clarksville Online, Knowridge Science Report, March 26)
  9. Defibrillator on every corner (Condensed from Canadian Press: Castanet, March 20)
  10. Les guichets automatiques, les cafés des Taches Idéal pour les Défibrillateurs Cardiaques (, March 20)
  11. Prof. Timothy Chan on Ranking Business Locations to Guide AED Placement (Circulation on the Run – podcast, March 20)
  12. The Right Place at the Right Time – Optimizing Automated External Defibrillator Placement in the Community (Circulation – editorial, March 20)
  13. Where are best spots for life-saving AEDs? (WPVI-TV Action News 6 abc, March 20)
  14. Cafes, ATMs might be good places for emergency defibrillators (Reuters, Reuters India, Reuters UK, March 21; reposted at: 98.5 FM – The River, Business Insider, KDAL 610 AM, KFGO 790 AM, lalalay USAlifescriptMarkets Insider, SRN News, WHBL 1330 AM, WHTC 1450 AMWKZO 590 AMWLMI 92.9 FMWSAU 550 AMWTAQ 1360 AM, Yahoo! News, March 21; Channel NewsAsia, Just Picked, Medscape, MSN, March 22)
  15. Coffee shops, ATMs ideal spots for defibrillators: Canadian study (Globe and Mail, March 21; reposted:, WorldNews Network, March 21)
  16. Coffee shops and cash machines ideal locations for lifesaving automated external defibrillators (Cardiac Rhythm News, Cardiovascular News, March 21)
  17. CTV News Kitchener (broadcast, March 21)
  18. Des lieux publics où installer des défibrillateurs (Journal Metro from Presse canadienne, March 21; reposted:, March 21)
  19. Everyone should be trained in first aid, CPR and how to use an AED: Mikey Network (Caledon Enterprise, March 21)
  20. Les cafés et les guichets sont des endroits idéaux pour des défibrillateurs (L’actualité, March 21; reposted:, March 21)
  21. Study Shows Best Places To Have Defibrillators (AED’s) (Jewel 88.5, March 21)
  22. Tim Hortons, 24-hour ATMs are the ‘ideal’ locations to place AEDs to save lives: Canadian study (Global News, March 21)
  23. Tim Hortons, ATMs ideal locations for automated external defibrillators: study (Christian News Today, March 21)
  24. U of T study suggests placing AEDs at coffee shops and bank machines (Durham Radio News, March 21)
  25. Coffee shops, ATMs may be ideal locations for lifesaving AEDs (Medical News Today, March 22; reposted: Medicine Daily, March 22)
  26. Où mettre un défibrillateur pour qu’il soit le plus utile? Les résultats surprenants d’une étude à Toronto (, March 22)
  27. 加國研究: 咖啡店, ATM机原来可用来救命 – Canadian study: Coffee shops, ATM machines can be used to save lives (, March 22)
  28. Coffee shops, 24-hour ATMs Best Locations For Public Cardiac Defibrillators (, March 23)
  29. Coffee shops, ATMs provide best out-of-hospital cardiac arrest coverage in Toronto (Cardiovascular Business, March 24)
  30. Could a coffee shop save your life during cardiac arrest? (WCAX, March 24)
  31. Researchers find ideal locations for out of hospital defibrillators (CNN; reposted at: KVHP 29 Fox, Telemundo 20, Telemundo Amarillo, WWLP 22 News, March 24; Cleveland News 19 CBS, Hawaii News Now, KSLA 12 News, KSWO 7 abc, News Channel 6 CBS, News Channel 10 CBS,  WALD News 10 NBC abc, WDAM, WFLX 29 Fox, WISTV 10, WTOL 11 CBS, WTVM 9 abc, March 25;,, March 27; MS News Now, Tuscon News Now, WAFB 9 CBS, undated)
  32. L’emplacement idéal pour un défibrillateur est le distributeur automatique de billets de banque, ou le salon de thé! (Eddenya, March 24)
  33. The Handoff: Your Week in Cardiology News – 3/24/17 (Cardiology Advisor, March 24)
  34. AHA says ATMs, coffeehouses ideal places for defibrillators (PatientDaily, March 27)
  35. Can Starbucks and Pizza Shops Prevent Deaths? (American Council on Science and Health, March 27)
  36. Coffee shops and ATMs may be ideal locations for AED deployment (, March 27)
  37. Espresso retail outlets, 24-hour ATMs the most efficient places for life-saving AEDs, analysis presentations (, March 29)
  38. Study: AEDs Needed in Coffee Shops, ATMs (24×7 Magazine, March 29)
  39. Coffee, tea or defibrillator? The push to put them in coffee shops (WZZM-TV 12 abc, March 31)
  40. A coffee, a donut, and a defibrillator (PLOS blogs, April 3)
  41. Double-doubles and defibrillators (The Varsity, April 4)
  42. Links to Multiple News Headlines (Association des médecins d’urgence du Québec,, Google News,, LinkwayLive, News Journal Search, Parallel State)