March 23, 2015 | by

Introducing PulsePoint: A new way to save lives in Kingston

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WHEN: 1 p.m. on Monday, March 23
WHERE: Front lobby of INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd.
WHO: Mayor Bryan Paterson; Rheaume Chaput, Chief, Kingston Fire & Rescue; Chet Babcock, a cardiac arrest survivor; Dr. Steven Brooks, an emergency physician and clinician-scientist at Kingston General Hospital and Queen’s University and representatives from PulsePoint; Heart and Stroke Foundation; Bell Canada; Frontenac Paramedic Service and St. John’s Ambulance.
WHAT: Welcoming PulsePoint – a free life-saving app – to Kingston and Canada.

When Chet Babcock suffered a cardiac arrest, a stranger kept him alive during the crucial minutes between the call to 9-1-1 and the arrival of emergency responders.

PulsePoint is a free mobile app used by emergency responders to alert CPR-trained users when someone in a nearby public place needs CPR. It also shows CPR-trained individuals where to find a public defibrillator if one is close.

Widely used in the United States, Kingston Fire & Rescue is leading the effort to make Kingston the first Canadian city to adopt PulsePoint and start saving lives. Cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of preventable death.

A number of community partners have signed-on to help encourage Kingstonians to get CPR training and download PulsePoint on their Apple or Android devices, including: the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Kingston General Hospital, Queen’s University and Bell Canada.

Those with CPR training can find the app at www.pulsepoint.org.

About the City of Kingston
The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada’s most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

Twitter: @CityofKingston
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheCityofKingston

About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through the use of location-aware mobile devices PulsePoint is building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens, empowering them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Deployment of the PulsePoint app can significantly strengthen the “chain of survival” by improving bystander response to cardiac arrest victims and increasing the chance that lifesaving steps will be taken prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS). PulsePoint is supported by the Wireless Foundation, built and maintained by volunteer engineers at Workday and distributed by our marketing and implementation partner Physio-Control, Inc. Learn more at www.pulsepoint.org or join the conversation at Facebook and Twitter.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications relations officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116 (cell 613-329-3462), or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.