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Pulsepoint mobile cpr app at a glance

The PulsePoint mobile app alerts CPR-trained bystanders to someone nearby having a sudden cardiac arrest that may require CPR. The app is activated by the local public safety communications center simultaneous with the dispatch of local fire and EMS resources.

The purpose of the app is to increase the survival rates of cardiac arrest victims by:

  • Improving the frequency of bystander CPR by increasing the awareness of cardiac events beyond the traditional “witnessed” area.
  • Improving awareness and the speed of public access automated external defibrillator (AED) deployment by providing the precise location information of nearby devices.
  • The app is only activated if the event is occurring in a public place (the app is not activated for residential addresses).
  • The app is provided free of charge to the public. The supporting IT infrastructure is also provided free of charge to public safety agencies desiring to offer the application in their community. Since the app requires a connection to the local public safety communications center, it is only available where adopted and implemented by the local Fire/EMS agency.
  • Funding and support for the application is provided by the PulsePoint Foundation, a nonprofit organization established to guide, enhance and expand the reach of the app.

 

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SECONDS MATTER DURING SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST

The PulsePoint mobile app alerts CPR-trained bystanders to someone nearby having a sudden cardiac arrest that may require CPR. The app is activated by the local public safety communications center simultaneous with the dispatch of local fire and EMS resources.

  • The purpose of the app is to increase the survival rates of cardiac arrest victims by:
    Improving the frequency of bystander CPR by increasing the awareness of cardiac events beyond the traditional “witnessed” area.
  • Improving awareness and the speed of public access automated external defibrillator (AED) deployment by providing the precise location information of nearby devices.
  • The app is only activated if the event is occurring in a public place (the app is not activated for residential addresses).
  • The app is provided free of charge to the public. The supporting IT infrastructure is also provided free of charge to public safety agencies desiring to offer the application in their community. Since the app requires a connection to the local public safety communications center, it is only available where adopted and implemented by the local Fire/EMS agency.
  • Funding and support for the application is provided by the PulsePoint Foundation, a nonprofit organization established to guide, enhance and expand the reach of the app.

BYSTANDER CPR IS CRITICAL

  • Only about one quarter of SCA victims receive bystander CPR.
  • Fifty-seven percent of adults in the U.S. say they have undergone training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, most often due to school or work requirements.
  • The American Heart Association estimates that effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
  • CPR can sustain life until paramedics arrive by helping to maintain vital blood flow to the heart and brain.
  • In April 2008, the American Heart Association revised its recommendations and encouraged lay bystanders to use compression-only CPR as an alternative to the combined rescue breathing and chest compression method. It is believed that this change will significantly increase the willingness of bystanders to perform
  • Eleven percent of Americans say they have used CPR in an actual emergency. Most would be willing to use CPR to help a stranger and most say they would be willing to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

RECOGNITION

  • EMS 10: Innovators in EMS Award (2013)
  • American Heart Association Heart of Gold Honoree
  • IADAS Webby Official Nominee for the Best Use of GPS or Location Technology
  • CSDA Innovative Program Award
  • 2011 Computerworld Honors Program Laureate Award for Innovation
  • Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA)
  • 2011 VITA Wireless Samaritan Award
  • American Heart Association Life Saver Heart Partner Award
  • Telly Award for Government Relations and Public Service

LIABILITY

Good Samaritan laws exist to protect those who choose to aid others who are injured or ill. They are intended to reduce bystanders’ hesitation to assist, for fear of being sued or prosecuted for unintentional injury or wrongful death.

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