January 22, 2014 | by

PulsePoint app could allow you to save a life

Steve MelanderMERCED COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) — A new smartphone app is making it easier for people in the North Valley to help save lives. It alerts users when someone is going into cardiac arrest near them.

Emergency responders rush to hundreds of cardiac arrest calls each year in Merced County, and they say every minute truly counts.

Riggs Ambulance General Manager Steve Melander said, “The statistics show for every minute that goes by your chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest goes down by 10 percent.”

That’s why several local agencies, including Riggs Ambulance and the Merced City Fire Department, are now working together to promote the PULSE program.

Melander added, “PULSE stands for Public and Professional Unified Life Saving Effort, so it’s a new program where we can enact citizen responders.”

Residents who are willing to perform CPR can now download the PulsePoint app for any smartphone. It uses GPS information to alert you if someone is going into sudden cardiac arrest in a public place within a quarter mile of your location. It also shows you how to access nearby automatic external defibrillators.

Chief Michael McLaughlin with the Merced City Fire Department said, “Our goal is to help our citizens become the first first responders. The people that are in the business next door to an incident can lend a hand before we can ever get there.”

Read the full article by Sara Sandrik at ABC.