A new smartphone app in
The free PulsePoint application teaches people how to administer "hands only" CPR, which officials say takes about five minutes to learn. Then the app alerts users when someone goes into sudden cardiac arrest within half a mile of their location.
It uses GPS technology available on any smartphone to immediately notify users when someone suffers cardiac arrest in a public place. Users can respond to that location and begin CPR until help arrives. "It's about taking citizens and turning them into rescuers and letting them help us with this process," said
The app is tied into the local 911 dispatch system and receives notification of cardiac arrest calls within the county.
The PULSE program, which stands for Public and Professionals Unified Life Saving Effort, is a collaborative effort between Riggs, the
Believed to be the first in the
The more people who get trained and download the app, he added, the better the chances of survival for cardiac arrest victims.
More than 1,000 people die each day from sudden cardiac arrest. Last year, roughly 150 adults went into cardiac arrest in the city of
"When someone suffers a cardiac event, time is brain and heart cells. As the body tissue goes, the chances of survival diminishes," McLaughlin said. "If you're right across the street, you'll be able to get there and start CPR before we can get there. What we're trying to do is replace good luck with education and technology."
McLaughlin said that with every minute, the chance of survival is diminished by 10 percent and brain damage begins to occur at four to six minutes.
The phone application provides a map to the victim's location and tells users where they can find an automated external defibrillator, usually in public places such as shopping centers and airports.
District 5 Supervisor
The supervisor said it's positive to see
"I think it's great to see that we're on an innovative track instead of being one of the last ones to take on an initiative like this," O'Banion said. "There are a lot of people that would help if they could and if they had a little bit of experience. Being a volunteer firefighter from the past, I will probably look into getting the app."
District 4 Supervisor
The app is available for download on any iPhone or Android device by searching for "
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