January 4, 2013 | by

Sioux Falls launching app that aims to save lives through CPR

Seal of the City of Sioux FallsSioux Falls is launching a smartphone app that will enable more people to help save lives.

People who are willing and able to perform CPR can download PulsePoint, an app for Android and iPhone that notifies users when an emergency happens in a public place. The app uses GPS to notify users within walking distance, so ideally he or she could be on scene faster than emergency responders, said Jeff Helm, Division Chief for Sioux Falls Fire Rescue.

Here’s an example of how it works:

Someone in Best Buy has a heart attack. Someone calls 911. When 911 dispatches EMS responders, the message is simultaneously sent to PulsePoint. The app uses GPS to notify users within a half-mile of the scene.

The free app shows your location, the location of the emergency and the location of the nearest Public Access Defibrillator.

Read the full article by Sarah Reinecke at the Argus Leader.