February 15, 2013 | by

PulsePoint app notifies trained bystanders of people in need of CPR

Midland Daily News LogoOfficials in Saginaw hope a smartphone app will be able to connect people trained in CPR with those facing sudden cardiac arrest in the community.

The Michigan CardioVascular Institute Foundation and Mobile MedicalResponse recently announced they are offering the PulsePoint app for use in Saginaw County. PulsePoint, designed for both Android and iPhone, uses GPS to notify people with CPR training when an emergency cardiac event is happening near them.

Diane Fong, MCVI Foundation executive director, said the project will be piloted in Saginaw and could some day expand to the rest of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

The idea is simple, Fong said. If someone collapses and isn’t breathing, people would call 911 as usual and an ambulance would be dispatched to the scene. A message would simultaneously sent to PulsePoint, and the phone app would use GPS to notify users within a quarter-mile of the scene that an incident is taking place. The app includes a map showing the location of the victim and the nearest automated external defibrillator, or AED. A person using the app could locate the person in need, begin CPR and deploy the AED before the ambulance arrives.

“If you can start CPR immediately, you can double or triple the chance of survival,” Fong said.

Read the full article by Tony Lascari at the Midland Daily News.