April 20, 2012 | by

Nurse Barb’s Daily Dose: CPR Saves Lives

CPR TrainingDeedra Harrington, a nurse practitioner, was walking back to work after her lunch break when she noticed a man had collapsed in a nearby park. Though someone had called 911, there were lots of bystanders staring at the man. Deedra took a closer look and realized that his heart had stopped.

She performed CPR until the paramedics arrived and transported him to the nearby hospital. He had an immediate cardiac catheterization as 99% of one of his major coronary arteries was blocked.

Read the rest of this post on Nurse Barb’s Daily Dose Blog.

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April 17, 2012 | by

Nice Compliment to SRVFPD from the Morning Lineup Blog

Morning Lineup BlogOut of the 30,000+ fire departments in the U.S., a goodly number of them have their own web pages by now. But only a small percentage of them have what I would call an excellent or even effective website. Many departments go out of their way to host a website that is truly informative and meant to engage the citizens by telling them useful things. Over the past five years I have looked at untold hundreds of FD websites in the course of putting together this blog each day, and I have seen all manners of fire department websites….all the way from crap-ola to excellent.

“So far, I haven’t seen any that come close to the amazing interactive website hosted by the San Ramon Valley (California) Fire Protection District.”

Read the rest of this post on the Morning Lineup Blog.

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April 15, 2012 | by

KATX Radio (90.7 FM) Segment on PulsePoint

Berkeley Graduate School of JournalismStacey Kennelly of KATX Radio (90.7 FM) recently interviewed Fire Chief Richard Price, PulsePoint Board Member Joe Farrell, and Workday volunteer lead Joe Korngiebel about the creation and mission of the PulsePoint Foundation and App. The segment was produced for The Health Show on North Gate Radio. North Gate Radio is a weekly radio show produced by the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley. Listen/download the MP3 file here.

KATX Radio Program Summary
One thousand. That’s how many people go into sudden cardiac arrest in the U.S. every single day. Now a new smart phone application that alerts nearby citizen who know CPR may increase a victim’s chance of survival. Stacey Kennelly has the story.

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April 10, 2012 | by

PulsePoint App nominated for International Webby Award

Webby Award NomineePLEASANTON, CA – The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) has nominated the lifesaving PulsePoint App for the their prestigious Best Use of GPS or Location Technology award. The “Webby” award nominations were announced on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 in New York City, with PulsePoint being one of only five mobile apps worldwide honored by nomination.

“PulsePoint is an innovative location-aware mobile application that empowers everyday citizens to provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest,” said Richard Price, President of the PulsePoint Foundation. “We are very excited by the prospect of receiving the Internet’s most respected symbol of success. We are equally proud of our partners at Workday, Inc. (www.workday.com) and the volunteers throughout their organization that truly made this app possible.”

“We are proud to see the effort of many members of our talented development team recognized for helping to create an innovative service that has a profound impact on others,” said Petros Dermetzis, Vice President of Development at Workday. “Workday congratulates PulsePoint in achieving significant success with its app and mission to save lives.”

Webby LogoHailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by the New York Times, the Webby is presented by IADAS, comprised of a thousand-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities.

The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes members such as musicians Beck and David Bowie, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, President & Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post Media Group Arianna Huffington, Twitter Co-founder Biz Stone, “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, foursquare Co-founder Dennis Crowely, Chairman and Founder of R/GA Bob Greenberg, Founder of Flipboard Mike McCue, actress Lisa Kudrow, Co-founder of Thrillist Ben Lerer, and actor Adrian Grenier. Members also include writers and editors from publications such as The New York Times, Wired, Details, Fast Company, Elle, and The Los Angeles Times. The 15th Annual Webby Awards received entries from over 60 countries.

“Nominees like PulsePoint are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on mobile devices,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of the Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the nearly 10,000 entries we received this year.” Webby winners will be announced on May 1, 2012 and honored at a star-studded ceremony on Monday, May 21, 2012 at The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

The Webby Awards presents two honors in every category — The Webby Award and The Webby People’s Voice Award. From now until April 27th, PulsePoint fans can cast their votes in the Webby People’s Voice Awards by visiting http://pv.webbyawards.com/ballot/71.

About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area whose goal is to make it much easier for citizens who are trained in CPR to use their life saving skills to do just that… save lives! Through the use of modern, location-aware mobile devices PulsePoint is building applications that work with local Fire Departments, EMS agencies, and Police Departments to improve communications with citizens and empower them to reduce worldwide sudden cardiac arrest deaths. For more information visit http://pulsepoint.org

Note to Editors
For additional web and print resources related to the app including sample screen shots, supporting images and video, please visit http://pulsepoint.org/media-resources.

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March 31, 2012 | by

Wired Insider on the PulsePoint App

Wired Magazine Cover April 2012Many of us received basic lifesaving instruction in grade school, or during our tours of duty with the Boy or Girl Scouts. And then we forgot all of it. What are the chances you’ll actually be next to someone when they’re having a heart attack? Not super-high. But what are the chances you’d be somewhere in the vicinity? That’s a lot more realistic.

Read the rest of this article by Adventure Capitalist on Wired Insider.

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March 21, 2012 | by

PulsePoint App Coming to Toronto, Canada

HSFO LogoRescu, a prestigious resuscitation research group based at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto announced it has received a three-year grant from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario (HSFO) to study the effectiveness of the PulsePoint app. The trial will evaluate the ability of the application to increase bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation rates and automated external defibrillator use on victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Approximately 45,000 Canadians suffer sudden cardiac arrest annually and one Canadian dies every 12 minutes from cardiac arrest. Only 8.4% of patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) survive to hospital discharge. Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation are key links in the chain of survival. However, only 30% of all OHCA patients receive bystander CPR and only 2% have an automated defibrillator (AED) applied prior to the arrival of emergency medical services. The PulsePoint app uses the location-aware capabilities of GPS-enabled smartphones to link emergency medical dispatch with citizens in close proximity to a cardiac arrest event. Citizens who have downloaded the PulsePoint software to their phone can be alerted when a cardiac arrest victim nearby requires basic life support. The citizen then has the opportunity to provide CPR and apply an AED while EMS personnel are en route. The primary aim of the study is to determine whether an alert sent by the 911 emergency dispatch center to PulsePoint application users in the immediate vicinity of a cardiac arrest is associated with an increased probability of bystander resuscitation.

The grant request was ranked 2 out of 273 applications requesting funding from the HSFO this year. The principal investigator for the study is Dr. Steven Brooks, a clinician-scientist and emergency physician at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and an affiliate scientist at Rescu, St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada (www.rescu.ca).

The City of Toronto is the cultural, entertainment and financial capital of Canada. The Greater Toronto Area is home to more than 5.5 million people and is the center of one of North America’s most dynamic regions. Toronto is the capital city of the Province of Ontario.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living and advocacy. The Foundation is a federation of 10 provincial Foundations, led and supported by a force of more than 130,000 volunteers. In 2010, the Foundation invested more than $106 million into research, health promotion and community programs. The Foundation currently funds more than 600 researchers and research teams at medical institutes, universities and hospitals.

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March 13, 2012 | by

EMS: There’s an App For That!

Firehouse MagazineFrom Page 42 of Firehouse Magazine this month (March, 2012).

One of the most profound uses of an app I have seen comes from the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District in San Ramon, CA. In January 2011, the district released an app for the iPhone and other phones that lets any citizen provide life-saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. A citizen who is trained in CPR and who has downloaded the app is sent a notification that a cardiac arrest is occurring in the community so that citizen can provide CPR until the fire department arrives. If the cardiac arrest is in a public place, a map shows the location of the closest automated external defibrillator (AED) and where it can be found in the building, such as “mounted on wall on second floor outside main gym entrance.” A setting on that app lets you choose notifications, including fires, and a map shows you exactly where emergencies are occurring. Through its foundation, the district makes the app free to other fire departments to install in their communities.

Read the rest of this article by Chief Gary Ludwig on Firehouse.com.

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March 4, 2012 | by

When a Heart Stops, Don’t Pause. Just Pump.

When a Heart Stops, Don't Pause. Just Pump.

Stack your palms in the center of the victim's chest.
Pump hard and fast, about 100 pumps per minute.

Only 5 to 10 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest ­outside a hospital survive.

But that number could be doubled if more bystanders performed CPR—and today’s “hands-only” approach requires no mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or even formal training, says Ben Bobrow, M.D., PulsePoint board member and associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Arizona.

Read the rest of this post on the Stay Healthy blog at Parade Magazine.

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