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March 4, 2015 | by

Los Angeles Fire Department Partners with PulsePoint Foundation

Brings Lifesaving Technology to Angelenos via 9-1-1 Integrated Smartphone App

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) has joined with the PulsePoint Foundation and The Wireless Foundation to bring life-saving technology to Angelenos via PulsePoint, a mobile app designed to increase citizen awareness of cardiac events beyond a traditional “witnessed” area and engage them in potentially life-saving CPR.

The partnership was formally launched Wednesday, March 4th at an event at Woodrow Wilson High School in El Sereno where 120 students became CPR trained. Fire Chief Ralph M. Terrazas was joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAUSD ESC-East Superintendent Roberto Martinez, PulsePoint Foundation President Richard Price and The Wireless Foundation Executive Director Athena Polydorou to discuss the LAFD’s rollout of the free PulsePoint app.

“This app connects trained lifesavers who may already be on scene with people who need immediate help, when seconds count the most,” Mayor Garcetti said. “My back to basics agenda is focused on implementing technologies that can make a difference in ways that are most important to our residents, and there is no greater priority than emergency response. I want to see this app activate an army of civilian first responders across Los Angeles,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti.

“Our new partnership with PulsePoint allows the LAFD to help save lives with our smartphones, which is technology that most of us already have in hand,” said Fire Chief Ralph M. Terrazas. “I am excited that Angelenos have another crucial tool at their fingertips that can help them further engage with their communities and fire department.”

Targeted toward off-duty professionals and citizens trained in CPR, the PulsePoint app alerts users when a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs in a nearby public place, directs them to the patient location and provides CPR guidance while LAFD paramedic units are en route to the call. The app also notifies users of the closest available Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Early application of bystander CPR and rapid defibrillation from an AED have proven to be crucial in improving a person’s chance of surviving SCA. PulsePoint is not limited to emergency responders or those with official CPR certification. It can be used by anyone who has been trained in CPR.

The PulsePoint app also provides users with a display of the LAFD’s active and recent incidents citywide. On average, the LAFD responds to nearly 1,200 daily calls for service; more than 85 percent are for emergency medical services.

“Our youth represent the next generation of CPR-trained citizens. These students living in a connected world have come to expect technology to improve their lives and the lives of those around them,” said Richard Price, founder and president of the PulsePoint Foundation. “The premise of a PulsePoint Connected community truly resonates with them and they have proven to be active participants in this strengthening of the Chain of Survival.”

“Wireless technology plays a critical role in our everyday lives, and the PulsePoint app is a perfect example of how location-based services, apps, smartphones and crowdsourcing help save lives,” said Athena Polydorou, Executive Director of The Wireless Foundation. “The Wireless Foundation is proud to sponsor the roll out of PulsePoint and bring this life saving service to Los Angeles City at no cost to the Fire Department.”

“PulsePoint is a great way to engage bystanders in emergency response and this new Los Angeles partnership will empower a future generation of CPR responders,” said Brian Webster, president and CEO of Physio-Control, PulsePoint’s marketing and implementation partner. “With PulsePoint offering lifesaving technology, the Los Angeles Fire Department contributing high quality CPR expertise, and the Los Angeles Unified School District building a program that engages students, this is truly a model program for engaging a community to respond to sudden cardiac arrest.”

The free PulsePoint app is available for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store and Google Play.

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.

About the Wireless Foundation

The Wireless Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to developing and supporting initiatives that use wireless technology to help American communities. The Foundation’s innovative programs benefit consumers in areas such as education, healthcare, safety and the environment. The Foundation was formed by CTIA-The Wireless Association® member companies in 1991. Learn more at www.wirelessfoundation.org.

About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Although a heart attack can lead to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the two are not the same. SCA is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly, whereas a heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked, but the heart continues to beat. Each year, more than 420,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur, making it the leading cause of death in the United States. Survival rates nationally for SCA are less than eight percent, but delivery of CPR can sustain life until paramedics arrive by maintaining vital blood flow to the heart and brain. However, only about a third of SCA victims receive bystander CPR. Without CPR, brain damage or death can occur in minutes. The average EMS response time is nine minutes, even in urban settings; after 10 minutes there is little chance of successful resuscitation. The American Heart Association estimates that effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after SCA, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

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LAFD: Peter Sanders, (213) 359-7141
PulsePoint: Shannon Smith, (773) 339-7513
The Wireless Foundation: Amy Storey, 202-736-3207

LAFD and LAUSD

March 4, 2015 | by

Media Advisory: LAFD to Launch PulsePoint Smartphone App & Announce CPR Training Initiative with LAUSD

Los Angeles – Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas and Mayor Eric Garcetti will join representatives from the PulsePoint Foundation, The Wireless Foundation, and the Los Angeles Unified School District to announce the LAFD’s participation in PulsePoint, a free mobile app designed to increase citizen awareness of cardiac arrest and enable them to provide potentially life-saving CPR. The LAFD will also announce a new Hands-Only CPR initiative with LAUSD. Please join us on Wednesday, March 4th, at 9:15 a.m. in the gym at Woodrow Wilson High School, 4500 Multnomah St., Los Angeles 90032.

Who: Mayor Eric Garcetti
LAUSD ESC-East Superintendent Roberto Martinez
LAFD Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas
PulsePoint Foundation President Richard Price
The Wireless Foundation Executive Director Athena Polydorou
Wilson High School Students
When: Wednesday, March 4th
9:15 a.m.
Where: Woodrow Wilson High School
Large Gymnasium
4500 Multnomah St.
Los Angeles 90032

Press Contact:
LAFD: Peter Sanders, (213) 359-7141
PulsePoint: Shannon Smith, (773) 339-7513
LAUSD: Monica Carazo, (213) 241-6767

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March 3, 2015 | by

The Wireless Foundation Elevates PulsePoint Foundation Partnership to Make Life-Saving App Available to More Americans

PulsePoint app notifies nearby CPR-trained individuals so they may administer aid to cardiac arrest victims until paramedics arrive

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2015 – The Wireless Foundation and the PulsePoint Foundation announced an extension of their partnership to bring the free PulsePoint app to additional communities across America. As a Key Sponsor of PulsePoint in 2015, The Wireless Foundation will support PulsePoint’s mission to empower everyday citizens to use their smartphones to help save lives. Crowdsourcing citizens with CPR training, the free location-based mobile app alerts users in the immediate vicinity of cardiac arrest emergencies to provide first aid before professional first responders arrive on the scene.

If the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is in a public place, the application, using advanced wireless location technology, will notify citizens trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) who are in the vicinity. The app also directs these citizen responders to the location of the closest publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

With national survival rates for SCA at less than eight percent, nearly 350,000 people die each year in the United States from cardiac arrest. Yet when effective CPR is administered within five minutes after a cardiac arrest, it can potentially double or triple a person’s chance of survival, but less than half receive this timely assistance.

Currently, PulsePoint is available in more than 1,100 communities in 22 states, including Albuquerque, Cleveland, Columbus, Jersey City, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Madison, Orlando, San Diego, San Jose, Spokane, and Tucson. The free PulsePoint app is available for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store and Google Play or you may visit http://www.pulsepoint.org/download/.

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About The Wireless Foundation
The Wireless Foundation (www.wirelessfoundation.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to developing and supporting initiatives that use wireless technology to help American communities. The Foundation’s innovative programs benefit consumers in areas including education, health, safety and the environment. The Foundation was formed by CTIA-The Wireless Association® member companies in 1991.

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.

Press Contact:
The Wireless Foundation: Amy Storey, astorey@ctia.org, 202-736-3207
PulsePoint: Shannon Smith, ssmith@smithmediarelations.com, 616-724-4256

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February 23, 2015 | by

How a Smartphone App Can Help You Save a Life

App notifies you of nearby sudden cardiac arrests

When someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest, they need immediate help. That’s because the chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest drops 10 percent for every minute that passes before they receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

A smartphone app called PulsePoint Respond aims to solve that problem by connecting people struck by sudden cardiac arrest with the people who can give them help during the time it takes for emergency medical service (EMS) workers to arrive.

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart’s electrical system malfunctions and becomes irregular. The heart beats dangerously fast and blood is not distributed to the body. In the first few minutes, blood flow to the brain may be reduced so drastically that a person loses consciousness. Death follows unless treatment is begun immediately.

Finding help

With emergency medical workers taking an average of seven minutes to arrive at an address — let alone locate the patient at the address — the PulsePoint app crowdsources lifesaving help for people with sudden cardiac arrest, says Thomas Beers, Manager of Emergency Medical Services at Cleveland Clinic.

The app, which is available free on iTunes and Google Play, is integrated into the 911 procedures of participating cities. When emergency dispatchers receive a call regarding a suspected sudden cardiac arrest, they activate an alert to PulsePoint app users at the same time they dispatch local EMS.

The alert notifies app users only when an emergency is in a public place within a quarter-mile. The app uses a smart phone’s geolocation service to direct you to the sick person’s location and the nearest automated external defibrillator (AED), a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can deliver an electric shock to restore a normal rhythm.

About 1,100 cities and 22 states across the nation participate in the PulsePoint program, which is a project of the PulsePoint Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Participating cities include Las Vegas and Los Angeles. In 2014, Cleveland Clinic sponsored the cost of the software integration for dispatch centers in the city of Cleveland and five suburban fire departments.

“Cleveland Clinic’s heart program continues to rank as the best in the nation and we saw it as a natural fit to bring the PulsePoint tool to Northeast Ohio,” says Brad Borden, MD, Chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Emergency Services Institute. “We hope that local citizens will join us in our fight to combat the No. 1 cause of death in the United States and encourage everyone who is trained in CPR to download and use the application.”

Hands-only CPR

You don’t have to be formally trained in CPR to help save the life of someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. You can give hands-only CPR by simply pushing hard and fast in the center of the victim’s chest. The PulsePoint app has information on how to do hands-only CPR and even plays a ticking rhythm so you can time your life-saving pushes most effectively.

Having sudden cardiac arrest victims get CPR immediately is so important that in 2008, the American Heart Association (AHA) revised its recommendations to encourage bystanders without formal CPR training to use hands-only CPR in emergency situations.

“If we don’t have people engaging in CPR early on, we’re way behind,” Mr. Beers says. “Without CPR, there’s very little chance we can save them.”

Leading killer

Sudden cardiac arrest affects about 1,000 people a day across the country and claims nearly 90 percent of its victims, according to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. It is the leading cause of death for people older than age 40.

Sudden cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack, which occurs when one or more of the coronary arteries is blocked, preventing the heart from receiving enough oxygen-rich blood.

With sudden cardiac arrest, CPR keeps enough oxygen in the lungs and gets it to the brain until normal heart rhythm is restored with an electric shock to the chest through defibrillation.

“The PulsePoint app engages people to work as a team to save a life,” Mr. Beers says. “The more people we have out there with this app who can catch the alert, the more likely they can help others in need and give them a better chance for survival.”

Source: Cleveland Clinic

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February 20, 2015 | by

Walkthrough: PulsePoint AED v1.4 iOS Update

Version 1.4 for iOS is here

iOS1.4 Update Login Screen

We have added a new login method that offers an email/password option.

This has been our most requested feature so we are pleased to include it in this release.

iOS 1.4 Update New AED Screen 1

To improve the accuracy of AED positioning the workflow for adding a new AED has been separated into two screens.

The new design ensures that users will not mistakenly skip the AED placement step. The AED cannot be submitted until the user taps the Next button and confirms the AED location.

iOS v1.4 Update New AED Screen 2

Clearer instructions and a full screen map improve the users ability to accurately position the AED.

Users now have an entire screen to pan and zoom the map to precisely position the AED (pin).

iOS 1.4 Update Business/Location Name Screen

When adding a new AED the Business/Location Name field can now be populated automatically by simply selecting a nearby business name – saving time and improving accuracy.

Just start typing and we’ll present matches based on your location.

Have additional questions? Send us a note at developer@pulsepoint.org.

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February 10, 2015 | by

PulsePoint Life-saving App is Live

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 20, 2015

Contact:
Kim Ewy, PulsePoint Coordinator
(970) 219-9677

Fort Collins, CO – Survival rates drop by ten percent for every minute a victim of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) waits for CPR. From 4-6 minutes, brain damage occurs, with few resuscitation attempts succeeding after 10 minutes. Now, technology can help citizens trained in CPR and automatic external defibrillator (AED) use become heroes through PulsePoint (www.pulsepoint.org), an innovative, free smartphone App. Citizen responders are notified when there is a 911 call on a SCA and directed to the location. The nearest publicly accessible AED is also shown.

Free educational opportunities will be available by citizen CPR trainers scheduling sessions at local businesses to educate staff and employees. The efficacy of the App is determined by community involvement- get trained in CPR and sign up to receive the PulsePoint alerts. Additional certification CPR training is available through the American Heart Association and American Red Cross.

Please download the App through Google Play or Apple App store. Additionally, there is a PulsePoint AED App, which allows the public to register locations of publicly accessible AEDs.

*Media Representatives: If you would like to have a live demonstration please contact Patrick Love at plove@poudre-fire.org.

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Download Source: Poudre Fire Authority Press Release (PDF)

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February 9, 2015 | by

Trained in CPR? This Life-Saving App Could Make You a Superhero

When someone is experiencing cardiac arrest, PulsePoint sends alerts to CPR-certified individuals nearby

Imagine you’re with a loved one when suddenly you realize that she is suffering from chest pains. You immediately call an ambulance and wait for the paramedics to arrive. Minutes later, there’s a knock on the door. Instead of a uniformed medical professional, it’s your neighbor who is CPR certified and will help administer aid with an automated external defibrillator until the paramedics arrive.

Thanks to the San Francisco Bay Area-based non-profit PulsePoint, this scenario has become a reality. They’ve developed an app that alerts CPR-trained individuals when someone is experiencing cardiac arrest nearby.

And they’re already making a difference. According to Business Insider, PulsePoint was the conduit that helped save a baby in Spokane, Washington. A store clerk called 911 to report that a baby inside the store was turning blue. The emergency response team sent an alert through the PulsePoint app, and a mechanic just two blocks away looked down at his phone and saw a message that read “CPR needed.” He was able to locate the shop, administer CPR and save the baby’s life.

These are the kind of stories that Nancy Capelle hopes will multiply in the coming years. In 2011, just a week after turning 40 and mere hours after running a 5K race, Capelle had a heart attack and cardiac arrest in her home. She survived with minimal issues yet she says the experience led to a complete shift in her life.

“Because I did not need open heart surgery or placement of a stent, my physical recovery was quite rapid,” Capelle said. “But, the emotional recovery will take the rest of my life. I view life quite simply now — life is whatever place of moment we are in. Life is not a race to somewhere else, some greater achievement, or continuous recognition from others or acquiring material objects — it is about making a difference in people’s lives.”

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Capelle quit her job in the pharmaceutical industry to work as a volunteer for the American Heart Association and then went on to become an EMT. As a volunteer for the American Heart Association, she learned about PulsePoint just a few months after her heart attack. Since then, she has made it her mission to raise awareness for the app in her small town of Wilton, Connecticut.

“I hope to help PulsePoint reach the East Coast,” Capelle said. “It’s doing well [in] the West, but the entire country needs to know about it. For PulsePoint to make a difference, there needs to be a critical mass that will download the app and respond when needed.”

Each year sudden cardiac death (SCD) is responsible for half of all heart disease related deaths, according to WebMD. Less than 10 percent of those who experience SCD survive. Survival rates increase if CPR is started within the first four minutes of an arrest occurring. For every minute that passes, the chance of survival drops by 10 percent.

“The chances of professional rescuers being able to respond to a scene in less than four minutes are unrealistic,” Capelle said. “We need to be ready, willing and able to take hands on action in a cardiac arrest situation. I am one of the less than 10 percent who have survived. I am one of the lucky ones and I want there to be many more people who are given a second chance at life.”

This article was originally published by Not Impossible Now, which focuses on the inventions and inventors doing incredible things with technology to improve humanity.

Source: Article by Te-Erika, Smithsonian Magazine.

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February 6, 2015 | by

Dane County Community Partners to Introduce Life-Saving Program

App Alerts Bystanders to CPR need

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 06, 2015

Contact:
Leah Huibregtse
Sr. Communications Strategist, Meriter–UnityPoint Health lhuibregtse@meriter.com
Work: (608) 417-5685; Cell (608) 516-2256

(MADISON, Wis.) – Meriter – UnityPoint Health, City of Madison Fire and Dane County EMS are proud to introduce the community to PulsePoint, a mobile app to help keep your heart beating in an emergency.

“Effective CPR given right after sudden cardiac arrest can significantly increase a victim’s chance of survival,” said Dr. Joseph Bellissimo, Cardiologist at Meriter – UnityPoint Health, which is funding PulsePoint through the Meriter Foundation. “We are thrilled that we are part of the team that’s bringing PulsePoint to our community.”

“PulsePoint is the result of the hard work and collaboration of a number of organizations in Dane County,” said Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive. “We know that people in our community are willing to help and this program connects them directly to those who need it most.”

Connected with the Dane County 911 Center, the PulsePoint app alerts CPR-trained bystanders when a sudden cardiac arrest occurs in a safe public place within their immediate vicinity. Users will be able to quickly find the victim and begin CPR immediately rather than idly waiting for EMS to arrive. The app also gives detailed instructions and locations of nearby automatic external defibrillators (AEDs).

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“We know that PulsePoint has saved lives elsewhere, and I am confident it will be successful here, too. The City is pleased to collaborate with Meriter-UnityPoint Health, Dane County EMS and the 911 Center in this project. This is a great success for the public we serve,” said Madison Mayor Paul Soglin.

“When it comes to cardiac arrest, every second counts. Every minute a person waits for help, their chances of survival decrease by as much as 10 percent,” said Madison Fire Chief Steven Davis. “We are always looking for new and innovative means to improve survival from cardiac arrest, and we are all looking forward to the potential success of this technology.”

PulsePoint is not limited to emergency responders or those with official CPR certification. It can be used by anyone who has been trained in CPR. Those looking for a CPR training course or more information on PulsePoint should visit meriter.com/pulsepoint

Download Source: Dane County Press Release (PDF)

Related: WISC-TV (CBS) News Story

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February 5, 2015 | by

App could help Dane County citizens save lives

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Dane County residents are being asked to download a new smartphone app that could turn them into citizen first responders when someone is having a sudden cardiac arrest.

It’s called PulsePoint, and two Madison firefighters have worked to bring the technology that’s currently operating in cities like Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Cleveland to the Dane County 911 Center. When an emergency call for a cardiac arrest comes in, if the event is in a public place, an alert will be sent to those who have downloaded the app who are within one-quarter mile of the incident, at the same time that it’s sent to paramedics.

The goal is to crowd-source Good Samaritans, and get CPR help to victims before paramedics can arrive. The app provides instructions on how to do CPR in addition to directions to the person who suffered the cardiac arrest.

“We know there’s people out there with the training. We know there are people out there willing to help, and we know that they’re presently unaware many times of incidents that are close to them,” Madison firefighter Christopher Carbon said. “When you show up on scene and you do have bystander compressions going on, you immediately know the chances of survival are better.”

Last year, there were 547 sudden cardiac arrests in Dane County. The Pulse Point Foundation reports an estimated 325,000 people die every year in America from sudden cardiac arrest or roughly one every two minutes. Doctors say permanent brain damage or death can occur within eight minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest.

“Cardiac arrest, you know you hear that and you know it’s go-time,” said Madison firefighter Paul Britain, who worked with Carbon to bring Pulse Point to Dane County. “It’s happening all over, all the time.”

Evidence of how the app can work came last fall in Spokane, Washington, when a 911 call came in for a non-breathing baby at a ballet studio. The Pulse Point alert went out and using GPS technology, an alert popped up two blocks away on the phone of a local mechanic who volunteered as an EMT. He left the car he was working on, raced to the scene, administered CPR and saved the baby’s life before paramedics could get there.

“I thought that’s what it means,” Britain said after hearing about the Spokane story. “That’s what this project means to me. That’s how it works and that’s how it should work.”

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Carbon, who also works with Meriter Hospital, brought the idea to the medical center’s foundation, which agreed to pay at least $20,500 to install, operate and promote the program for its first year. National estimates are that 55-60 percent of all Americans have had some form of CPR training. Carbon said people want to help and the app gives them the chance to do so.

“It’s sort of like somebody opening the door and yelling outside for help, but just having a larger radius and more reach to it,” he said. “I do think the willingness to help is there. The excitement here is that people can return to their normal lives. People can enjoy their families and enjoy their careers and enjoy the things they were doing before the (cardiac arrest) happened. So, I think that’s where some of this excitement comes about. That when it works, it can work really well.”

Carbon and Britain believe Wisconsin’s Good Samaritan law protects those who would offer help to those in need. Further, they say the app tracks phones or places that phones are rather than people, thereby protecting the privacy of those who have the phones.

“There is an option to respond, it’s not an obligation,” Carbon said. “At the end of the day, I think we would always say, doing something is better than doing nothing.”

The app is available on both Apple and the Android phones.

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