Last month, the Contra Costa County’s Emergency Medical Services Agency released the PulsePoint Citizen Responder CPR/AED App. This free mobile app allows CPR-trained individuals to be notified if someone within one half mile of their location is potentially in need of CPR. It also displays the location of all publicly available Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in the area. The notifications are made simultaneously with the dispatch of local paramedics so that citizens can begin CPR or deploy an AED while professional rescuers are traveling to the scene.
When an individual is in cardiac arrest, every second matters, making nearby CPR-trained citizens excellent first responders. If CPR is started and an AED is deployed in the first few minutes after a sudden cardiac arrest the chances of survival can be several times greater than if resuscitation efforts wait until paramedics arrive.
Need to get trained in CPR? The current Hands-Only CPR technique is easier than ever to learn and perform. Find a class near you. Please join the efforts to increase the cardiac arrest survival rate in Contra Costa County.
Download the PulsePoint app today. Residents can also be notified of structure or vegetation fires, automobile accidents or listen to radio traffic.