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Seconds matter when someone is in cardiac arrest. Studies show that for every minute without cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the survival rate drops by 10 percent. First responders in the cities of Waukee, West Des Moines, Clive, Norwalk and Urbandale are implementing technology in the battle to save those in cardiac arrest. PulsePoint, an app available to users who can indicate that they are trained in CPR and willing to assist in an emergency, will notify users if someone nearby in a public place is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. The PulsePoint Respond app is being provided by Westcom Dispatch, which provides dispatch services to the western suburbs for fire, police and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
"The PulsePoint app is a great piece of technology intended to fill the gap between the time of cardiac arrest until EMS arrives," said Waukee Fire Chief Clint Robinson. "If you are trained in CPR and download the app, you will be notified of a cardiac arrest within a quarter of a mile of your location. This often allows the bystander CPR to be started prior to EMS arrival which can providing a valuable link in the chain of survival!"
There is also a companion app; PulsePoint AED allows those who are responsible for an AED in their building to enter the AED and specific directions including a picture of the location into the app. There is an approval process and once the approval has occurred, the AED location will show up in the PulsePoint Responder app so that nearby citizens trained in CPR and off-duty professional rescuers such as firefighters, paramedics and nurses with the PulsePoint Responder app will know where an AED is located.
There is no cost associated with using any aspect of the PulsePoint apps. PulsePoint is a public, non-profit organization providing the app and hosting the AED registry as part of its core mission to improve cardiac arrest survival.
Both PulsePoint Respond and PulsePoint AED apps are available to be downloaded on your device from the Apple and Play Stores and online. If you know CPR and are willing to administer it in the case of an emergency, please download PulsePoint Repond today! If you are in charge of the AED in your building(s), please download the PulsePoint AED.