July 25, 2014 | by

County, City, Fire Partners to Launch Life-saving CPR App

Region is among the largest in U.S. to adopt technology

MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2014
Contacts: County: Michele Clock 619-531-4506
City: Lee Swanson 619-533-3780

WHAT: The County of San Diego, City of San Diego, San Diego County Fire Chiefs’ Association and other local agencies have joined forces to launch a regional smartphone application that lets citizens trained in CPR know when their assistance is urgently needed in the critical moments before paramedics arrive. The app, called PulsePoint, was designed to quickly bring help to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). The region is one of the largest in the U.S. to activate the app. Officials will discuss the technology’s potential, how citizens can use it and where to learn compression-only CPR tactics for free starting Monday (note: not for certification).

WHEN: Monday, July 28, 11 a.m.

WHERE: San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s Fire Station 1
1222 First Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

WHO: Kevin L. Faulconer, San Diego Mayor
Ron Roberts, County Supervisor (District 4)
Bill Horn, County Supervisor (District 5)
Chief Dave Hanneman, San Diego County Fire Chiefs’ Association President
Tom Johnson, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor

WHY: Sudden Cardiac Arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Many adults are trained in CPR, but often are not aware of when their help is needed. Less than 8 percent of victims survive the condition. But a coalition of local leaders hopes to change that with this app.

VISUALS: Emergency response officials, firefighters, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department fire station backdrop, compression-only CPR demonstration available, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) display, posters of smartphone with app on the screen and infographic. Also Monday: Members of the public learning compression-only CPR and how to use the new PulsePoint app at the County Administration Center’s Waterfront Park (south side) noon – 3 p.m. taught by Rural/Metro, and the public learning compression-only CPR at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. taught by American Medical Response, City of Encinitas Lifeguards and City of Encinitas Fire Department.

For more information or to download the apps, visit PulsePoint. Cox Communications will air this PSA on the app locally.