In the event of a sudden cardiac arrest, getting care in the shortest amount of time possible is a key to survival. People who have been trained cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can step in and begin lifesaving measures while emergency responders are on their way, but they need to know who needs help – that’s where the PulsePoint app comes in.
PulsePoint allows people with CPR training and who willingly register to be notified if a cardiac emergency is occurring nearby.
PulsePoint generates an alert sound to the phone of registered responders and a map will appear on their screen to help them quickly locate the victim as well as any automated external defibrillators (AED) in close proximity to the incident.
Over 4,500 people in the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District who are trained in CPR have downloaded the app to their smartphones so far and the hope is more people will join, according to Brian Oftedal, president of the fire board.
“CPR trained Oakley residents can help improve sudden cardiac arrest outcomes in our community,” said Oftedal. “For every minute, without bystander CPR, chances of survival decrease by 10%.This is where our community can make the difference.”
Good candidates to sign up could include firefighters, EMTs, nurses, doctors, lifeguards, and anyone else with CPR certification. And if you aren’t certified, consider taking a class to gain the skill.
The PulsePoint app is free and available for iOS and Android. For more information, visit http://www.pulsepoint.org.
To register the location of an AED, the ECCFPD website at http://www.eccfpd.org has a page that allows users to provide addresses and fire district personnel will update the PulsePoint registry.