Cellphone app brings quick aid to cardiac victims in need of CPR

Orange County RegisterLocal fire departments have introduced a cellphone app that links citizens who know CPR with victims experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, a tool authorities hope will bring quicker aid to victims when time is short.

The Metro Cities Fire Authority on Wednesday announced the local trial launch of PulsePoint, a “potentially lifesaving” mobile smartphone application that alerts users when someone nearby is in need of CPR and gives them directions to that person.

The system, which will be the first of its kind in Orange County, will be available for users of both Apple and Android smartphones in Anaheim, Brea, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Orange.

Authorities say PulsePoint is tied in to a computer system used by MetroNet, the fire dispatch service used by the cities’ fire departments.

When paramedics are dispatched, PulsePoint notifies trained CPR users who have signed up for the app and who are within a quarter-mile of the person in need of emergency intervention.

The app then sends the user a map to the location of the person in need of CPR, the location of the nearest automated external defibrillator and a link to CPR instructions.

“Every second counts, and this goes hand-in-hand with our effort to save as many lives as possible,” Garden Grove Fire Chief David Barlag said in a written statement.

According to the American Heart Association, effective CPR by a bystander during a sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple someone’s chances of surviving.

“Your lifesaver could be in the next aisle of a retail store or perhaps the same restaurant,” Anaheim Fire Chief Randy Bruegman said in a statement. “When alerted through PulsePoint, citizen CPR can be administered almost immediately.”

View the full story by Sean Emery at the Orange County Register.

PulsePoint Increases Community Awareness of AEDs

SVFD ReenactmentYour chances of surviving a heart attack at Spokane Valley City Hall soon will improve.

After learning about a new effort that uses smartphones to alert CPR-trained volunteers to life-threatening emergencies nearby, city leaders decided to purchase a heart-jolting automated external defibrillator that paramedics say can dramatically improve chances of surviving sudden cardiac arrest.

The easy-to-use medical device, which cost about $1,250, is set to arrive in the next couple of weeks.

“I think we were kind of surprised when we realized there wasn’t one here,” said Deputy Mayor Arne Woodard.

The decision came after the City Council was told last month that Spokane-area fire departments are mapping the locations of AEDs in publicly accessible sites countywide.

The electronic map is part of a smartphone app called PulsePoint that’s linked to the county’s 911 system and alerts trained volunteers to emergencies at the same time that paramedics are being dispatched. The app guides volunteers to the location of the emergency and also shows whether any AEDs are nearby.

It’s available for free in the Apple App Store or Android Apps on Google Play. Volunteers must register.

Once the city’s new AED arrives, City Hall will be added to the PulsePoint map.

So far, authorities have mapped 102 publicly accessible AEDs in Spokane Valley and they expect that number to climb rapidly over the next year because firefighters now will be asking business owners about the availability of the devices while doing annual site checks, said Fire Chief Bryan Collins.

The Spokane Fire Department and several rural fire protection districts also are mapping AED locations.

The app was developed in northern California where Collins worked before being hired in Spokane Valley.

On average, at least two people a day go into sudden cardiac arrest across Spokane County, said Collins, and chances of survival improve the quicker CPR or AED treatment is initiated.

The PulsePoint app uses smartphone GPS technology to determine whether any CPR volunteers are near the scene of an emergency and alerts them that help is needed. The goal is to get at least hands-only CPR initiated within the first three to five minutes of sudden cardiac arrest.

See the original article on The Spokesman-Review.

PulsePoint App nominated for International Webby Award

Webby Award NomineePLEASANTON, CA – The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) has nominated the lifesaving PulsePoint App for the their prestigious City & Urban Innovation award. The “Webby” award nominations were announced on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in New York City, with PulsePoint being one of only five mobile apps worldwide honored by nomination.

“PulsePoint is an innovative location-aware mobile application that empowers everyday citizens to provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest,” said Richard Price, President of the PulsePoint Foundation. “We are very excited by the prospect of receiving the Internet’s most respected symbol of success. We are equally proud of our partners at Workday, Inc. (www.workday.com) and the volunteers throughout their organization that truly made this app possible.”

“We are proud to see the effort of many members of our talented development team recognized for helping to create an innovative service that has a profound impact on others,” said Petros Dermetzis, Vice President of Development at Workday. “Workday congratulates PulsePoint in achieving significant success with its app and mission to save lives.”

Webby LogoHailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. The IADAS, which nominates and selects The Webby Award Winners, is comprised of web industry experts, including media mogul Arianna Huffington, Skype CEO Tony Bates, Mozilla CEO and Chair Mitchell Baker, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, mobile-phone inventor Martin Cooper, and creator of the Jif Steve Wilhite.

“Honorees like PulsePoint are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 12,000 entries we received this year.” Webby winners will be announced on April 29, 2014 and honored at a star-studded ceremony on Monday, May 19, 2014 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

The Webby Awards presents two honors in every category — The Webby Award and The Webby People’s Voice Award. From now until April 24th, PulsePoint fans can cast their votes in the Webby People’s Voice Awards by visiting http://pv.webbyawards.com/2014/mobile-apps/handheld-devices/city-urban-innovation.

About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area whose goal is to make it much easier for citizens who are trained in CPR to use their life saving skills to do just that… save lives! Through the use of modern, location-aware mobile devices PulsePoint is building applications that work with local Fire Departments, EMS agencies, and Police Departments to improve communications with citizens and empower them to reduce worldwide sudden cardiac arrest deaths. For more information visit http://pulsepoint.org

Zetron Joins with PulsePoint in Saving Lives

Zetron hosts PulsePoint at this year’s IWCE, demonstrating the MAX Call-Taking system with the PulsePoint lifesaving CPR mobile app. Agencies looking to implement PulsePoint within their community can use the MAX Call-Taking console to call for immediate CPR assistance from the rapidly-growing PulsePoint mobile network of CPR-trained volunteers across the US. PulsePoint will be hosted in Zetron’s booth (#5001) at IWCE in Las Vegas, March 24-28, 2014.

Zetron LogoRedmond, WA, U.S.A., March 10, 2014Zetron, a leading provider of mission-critical communications solutions worldwide, announced that its MAX Call-Taking system can be used directly with the PulsePoint CPR incident-notification network. With MAX, a CAD system is not required for PulsePoint integration, making this an affordable solution for public-safety agencies on a tight budget.

PulsePoint offers a free-to-download mobile application that enables CPR-trained citizen volunteers to provide lifesaving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, in any public place and at any time it is needed. When an Emergency Services agency implements the PulsePoint notification system within their jurisdiction, they can provide real time CPR alerts to volunteers by routing the medical emergency information through the PulsePoint network.

PulsePoint will be hosted in the Zetron booth #5001 at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Las Vegas, March 24-28, 2014.

How does PulsePoint CPR notification work?

  • A person suffers Sudden Cardiac Arrest; a bystander calls 9-1-1.
  • The 9-1-1 call center operator takes the emergency call and simply selects a medical-emergency event on their MAX Call-Taking system. MAX then transmits this information to PulsePoint. MAX is unique in that a CAD system is not required for successful integration with PulsePoint.
  • The PulsePoint server consults its geospatial database of CPR-trained volunteer citizen responders. Those who are currently nearby receive a “CPR Needed” alert on their mobile device, announcing the location of the victim and any AEDs (automated external defibrillators) in the vicinity.
  • An alerted volunteer rushes to the scene and initiates CPR in the precious minutes before the EMS crew arrives, greatly improving the victim’s chances of survival.

“We’re pleased to host PulsePoint in our booth at IWCE and provide them access to potential customers and partners”, remarked Zetron’s vice president of product management, Kathy Broadwell. “PulsePoint’s lifesaving application is a benefit to the communities that have deployed it. It’s Zetron’s desire to make this application even more affordable to all communities, so we have designed a way to access the feature through our MAX Call-Taking system.”

About Zetron
For over 30 years, Zetron has been providing mission-critical communications solutions to customers in public safety, transportation, utilities, manufacturing, healthcare and business. With offices in the U.S.A., U.K., Australia and numerous field locations, Zetron supports a worldwide network of resellers, system integrators and distributors. This gives Zetron a global reach as well as a local presence in the regions it serves. Zetron is a wholly owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. For more information, visit: www.zetron.com.

About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its mission is to make it much easier for citizens who are trained in CPR to use their lifesaving skills to do just that…save lives! Through the use of modern, location-aware mobile devices PulsePoint is building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens and empower them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest. Learn more at www.pulsepoint.org or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/PulsePoint and @PulsePoint.

In-app changes coming to Los Angeles County Fire Department on Monday

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On Monday morning, March 10, 2014, the PulsePoint foundation will divide Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) incidents across 9 distinct divisions within the app (fig. 1). These 9 divisions will include their respective 22 battalions following the internal operational hierarchy of the department (fig. 2). This change is being implemented at the request of LACoFD to provide greater granularity of incident displays, alerts, radio channels, etc. within the app (fig. 3).

Once this change is implemented users will be able follow any division, which are simply smaller geographical portions of the jurisdiction. Existing followers of LACoFD will be automatically transitioned to Division 3 (the agency as a whole will no longer be available). To find the division you desire simply search a city name in the Agencies screen or read the profile information on the division pages. A Division by City reference table is also provided below.

Users with Apple devices currently following LACoFD should force close the PulsePoint app and restart it after this change is in effect on Monday.

Note: CPR alerts work across all agencies. If you have opted-in to receive CPR-needed notifications you will be made aware of nearby events regardless of which agencies/divisions you are following.

Please let us know if you have questions at info@pulsepoint.org.

Learn more about LACoFD.

LACoFD Divisions by City
Acton LAC-D5 Lake Los Angeles LAC-D5
Agoura LAC-D7 Lakewood LAC-D4
Agoura Hills LAC-D7 Lancaster LAC-D5
Agua Dulce LAC-D3 Lawndale LAC-D1
Altadena LAC-D3 Lennox LAC-D6
Antelope Acres LAC-D5 Leona Valley LAC-D5
Avalon LAC-D1 Little Rock LAC-D5
Azusa LAC-D2 Lomita LAC-D1
Baldwin Hills LAC-D7 Los Angeles “Athens” LAC-D6
Baldwin Park LAC-D2 Lynwood LAC-D6
Bell LAC-D9 Malibu LAC-D7
Bell Gardens LAC-D9 Marina Del Rey LAC-D7
Bellflower LAC-D4 Monte Nido LAC-D7
Calabasas LAC-D7 Norwalk LAC-D4
Carson LAC-D1 Palmdale LAC-D5
Castaic LAC-D3 Palos Verdes Estates LAC-D1
Cerritos LAC-D4 Paramount LAC-D4
Cerritos LAC-D4 Pasadena LAC-D3
Chatsworth LAC-D3 Pearblossom LAC-D5
Claremont LAC-D2 Pico Rivera LAC-D4
Commerce LAC-D9 Pomona LAC-D8
Covina LAC-D2 Quartz Hill LAC-D5
Diamond Bar LAC-D8 Rancho Dominguez LAC-D1
Duarte LAC-D2 Rancho Palos Verdes LAC-D1
East Los Angeles LAC-D9 Rolling Hills LAC-D1
El Monte LAC-D9 Rolling Hills Estates LAC-D1
Florence/Firestone LAC-D6 Rosemead LAC-D9
Gardena LAC-D1 Rowland Heights LAC-D8
Glendora LAC-D2 San Dimas LAC-D2
Gorman LAC-D3 San Gabriel LAC-D9
Green Valley LAC-D5 Santa Clarita LAC-D3
Hacienda Heights LAC-D8 Signal Hill LAC-D4
Hawaiian Gardens LAC-D4 South El Monte LAC-D9
Hawthorne LAC-D1 South Gate LAC-D6
Huntington Park LAC-D6 Temple City LAC-D9
Industry LAC-D8 Topanga LAC-D7
Inglewood LAC-D6 Two Harbors LAC-D1
Irwindale LAC-D2 Universal City LAC-D7
Kagel Canyon LAC-D3 Walnut LAC-D8
La Canada Flintridge LAC-D3 West Hollywood LAC-D7
La Crescenta LAC-D3 Westlake Village LAC-D7
La Habra LAC-D4 Whittier LAC-D4
La Mirada LAC-D4 Willowbrook LAC-D6
La Puente LAC-D8 Windsor Hills LAC-D7
Lake Hughes LAC-D5

New App in West Tennessee Will Save Lives

WEST JACKSON– Seconds can separate life and death. First responders say they’re excited about the launch of a news app that will help them save lives.

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Once downloaded, it notifies you if you’re within a mile of a CPR event in Madison, Benton, and Chester counties.

The app is called ‘PulsePoint’. It’s a free download in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Shannon Seaton with Emergency Management Services says it’s already had 400 downloads since its launch a few weeks ago.

The department is spreading the word and trying to get anyone connected who is certified in CPR.

If someone has a heart attack in your neighborhood, once the 9-1-1 operator has been dialed, it will go into the system and the alert will come through on your phone.

Medical experts say the first four to six minutes after a heart attack are crucial.

“It’s shown that after just a few minutes of oxygen to the brain, brain death can occur, so in that time it takes for EMS to get there, if CPR isn’t started, the chance of survival gets less and less,” Emily Garner with West Tennessee Heart and Vascular Center said.

She hopes that anyone that is CPR certified will download the app, and be a part of a community that saves lives.

Apps That Could Save Your Life

Technology is making it easy for strangers to save the day or even for you to keep the kiddos from catching the crud. You’re already carrying a medical device and it’s a smartphone full of life-saving apps.

First, turning everyday citizens into superheroes, the PulsePoint App notifies CPR Certified users if someone nearby, is having a cardiac emergency. The app also pinpoints the nearest defibrillator. Without one, the chances of survival for cardiac patients, decreases 10 percent each minute. The PulsePoint App is free

Next, Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America’s SnoreOMeter gives you information you can use to shame your significant other, but it can also help diagnose a serious underlying issue. Record your snore for up to 30 seconds, including any lapses in breathing, then rate the decibel level. The SnoreOMeter compares your snore to a jackhammer or a blow dryer. You can even put your friends to sleep when you share the results on Facebook. This app is also free.

And, the flu is no joke! Tracking hot zones is easy with the Sickweather App. It scours social media for posts with key words like ‘flu’ and ‘sick’, then lets you know when you’re approaching Sick Town. You can download Sickweather for free in the app store.

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App to help heart attack victims

PulsePoint turns anyone into a first responder if there’s a cardiac arrest nearby

Sudden cardiac arrest? There’s an app for that.

Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County Supervisor for District 5 and Mike Wasserman, President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, representing District 1

Santa Clara County Supervisors Joe Simitian and Mike Wasserman

Health and safety officials from Mountain View and around the county are endorsing the local launch of the PulsePoint system, a mobile app that alerts users when someone nearby is having a heart attack, giving good Samaritans the chance to lend a potentially life-saving hand until emergency responders arrive.

PulsePoint functions as a direct link between individuals and local emergency dispatchers. Starting Feb. 14, the app’s local launch date, 911 dispatch centers in Santa Clara County will have the ability to send out a location-based alert to PulsePoint users in the vicinity of a reported heart attack, according to a press release from El Camino Hospital.

“It’s an Amber Alert for cardiac arrest victims,” said Richard Price, president of the PulsePoint Foundation and the former chief of the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District.

The application comes with built-in guides that train people in basic “hands-only” cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) which, Price said, can be learned in minutes and has the potential to make the difference between life and death.

“This is really all about response times,” Price said, explaining that when it comes to sudden cardiac arrest, every minute counts. When someone’s heart stops beating, brain damage can set in after about six minutes and without intervention in the first 10 minutes, the likelihood of death is nearly certain. Very often, he said, “the emergency response crews can’t get there in time”

Basic, hands-only CPR rapid, two-inch-deep chest compressions can help prevent brain damage and keep a person alive until EMTs or paramedics arrive.

“Bystander CPR use is critical,” Price said.

According to the American Heart Association, about 1,000 people have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the U.S. every day, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims receive CPR from a bystander. Given statistics like those, Price said he figures that the more people that adopt the PulsePoint app, the better. “We’re pretty much putting a radio in everybody’s hand, so we can dispatch people,” he said.

Jaime Garrett, public information officer for the Mountain View Fire Department, said the department is looking forward to the PulsePoint launch.

“It really increases our community members’ chances of survival should a cardiac arrest or a cardiac incident happen in a public place,” Garrett said. “With any cardiac incident, the sooner CPR is initiated, the better the chances of survival. It gives our residents the tools necessary to be able to respond in a timely manner.”

Garrett, like Price, recommended that everyone with an Android, or iOS device download the app. PulsePoint can be found in the Apple App Store and the Android marketplace on the Google Play site.

Anyone with the PulsePoint app on a mobile device will get a notification of cardiac events occurring within a quarter mile of their location at the time the alert is issued. The app’s users will also be given directions from their location to the site of the reported victim, as well as information on any nearby automated external defibrillators a device that uses electricity to restart the heart of victims of cardiac arrest.

Price, who developed the app in coordination with cloud application maker Workday, said the idea first came to him when he was on a lunch break during his tenure as chief of San Ramon Valley Fire.

He was in uniform, eating his lunch, when an ambulance pulled up outside the restaurant. Someone was having a heart attack in the building next door and he had no idea it was happening.

“It was a pretty shocking experience,” Price recalls especially considering the fact that he could have helped if he only had known. “That was the genesis of the app.”

View the entire news story by Nick Veronin at the Mountain View Voice.

Dr. Chad Rammohan, Medical Director of the Chest Pain Center & Cardiac Cath Lab at El Camino Hospital, encourages CPR skills and PulsePoint use

Watch Dr. Chad Rammohan, Medical Director of the Chest Pain Center & Cardiac Cath Lab at El Camino Hospital in this new PulsePoint PSA introduction.

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Dr. Chad Rammohan Chad Rammohan, M.D., FACC
Interventional Cardiology
Palo Alto Medical Foundation

KGO Radio Interview with Richard Price and Citizen Rescuer

KGO Radio interview recorded at the Santa Clara County PulsePoint launch event held at El Camino Hospital on February 14, 2014.

KGO Interview with Richard Price

Photo credit craig allyn rose photography

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