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San Diego City/County Launch Coverage

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July 28, 2014 | by

San Diego County, City, Fire Partners Activate Life-saving CPR App

Technology Helps Citizens Become Heroes

July 28, 2014
Contacts: County: Michele Clock 619-531-4506
City: Lee Swanson 619-533-3780

Every minute a victim of sudden cardiac arrest waits for CPR, their chance of survival drops by up to 10 percent.

After four to six minutes, brain damage begins to occur.

After 10 minutes, it’s often too late. Few resuscitation attempts succeed.

Now PulsePoint, an innovative new smartphone application, lets citizens trained in CPR know when their help is needed, allowing them to step in during those critical moments before a paramedic arrives. It is now available in the San Diego region, thanks to the County and a coalition of local agencies.

County Supervisors Ron Roberts and Bill Horn, San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, San Diego County Fire Chiefs’ Association President Dave Hanneman and other local fire and government officials on Monday announced the arrival of the cutting-edge technology at a news conference at San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s Fire Station 1.

“Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in our country, and just 8 percent of those who experience it survive,” Supervisor Ron Roberts said. “We can do better. This app can help us change these grim statistics.”

The region is one of the largest in the U.S. to launch the app, which was developed by the Pleasanton, California-based nonprofit PulsePoint Foundation and distributed by Redmond, Washington-based emergency medical device company Physio-Control, Inc. San Diego joins the more than 500 localities around the nation that have begun using the app. Also available on Monday is compression-only CPR training from local ambulance providers Rural/Metro and American Medical Response.

“San Diego is again on health care’s leading edge by adopting this technology,” said Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “It is going to allow us as citizens to help one another in previously unimaginable ways. But it’s up to us to get trained, download this tool and use it.”

Mayor Kevin Faulconer

“Most of us have a friend or loved one who has suffered with a heart condition,” said Supervisor Bill Horn. “Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to one of those individuals, or out of the blue to any of us, at any time. You never know who or when you may be in the right place at the right time to help someone, thanks to this app.”

When a 9-1-1 call for sudden cardiac arrest comes in, an alert goes to the app at the same time first responders are dispatched. Citizens who are signed up for the app and nearby the incident are notified of the location of the victim as well as the closest publicly accessible AEDs.

How effective the app is in a community depends on citizen involvement. Get trained in CPR and sign up to receive the alerts. The American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and San Diego Project Heartbeat provide trainings throughout the year. You never know, you may just help save someone’s life! So please download the app through Google play or the Apple App store. Also available through PulsePoint is a companion app called PulsePoint AED, which allows the public to register the locations of publicly accessible AEDs in their community.

Cox Communications is supporting this program by airing this public service announcement (PSA) promoting the PulsePoint app on local cable channels. For more information, visit the County’s PulsePoint information page or to download the apps, visit PulsePoint.

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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

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.

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July 23, 2014 | by

Be More Than a Bystander

With the help of an awesome app, this firefighter saved a stranger’s life—and you could do the same

every-day-heroes-article-Brawner-400pxJust past 7:15 a.m. on May 9, off-duty firefighter Scott Brawner was working out to Pandora on the treadmill at his local 24-Hour Fitness in Clackamas, Oregon, when he received a series of alerts, overriding the music, on his iPhone.

The notification came from PulsePoint, a new 911-connected mobile app designed to let him, and up to 10 other CPR-trained citizens in the area, know that someone nearby was suffering Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and needed assistance ASAP. A map suddenly popped up on his screen, and within less than a minute, he found the unconscious man, 57-year-old Drew Basse, in the gym parking lot.

“As soon as I got outside, I noticed a security guard looking upset. I ran over to him, and that’s where I found Mr. Basse, sitting in his car with the door wide open. He had no pulse and he was not breathing,” says Brawner, 53, a veteran firefighter and paramedic with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Oregon’s second-largest fire department.

“It looked like it had just happened; he still had some bubbly spit around his mouth. So I grabbed him by his arms and pulled him out of his car,” says Brawner, who notes it wasn’t easy to move the approximately 265-pound Basse. He immediately started chest compressions at a rate of over 100 per minute while waiting for the ambulance, which the security guard had called earlier and is the reason Brawner had received the smartphone alert.

When paramedics arrived within 5 minutes, they were able to quickly get Basse breathing with a pulse again. But they were only successful at reviving Basse because of Brawner’s life-saving efforts.

Four days later, Brawner visited the hospital to check in on Basse and meet his family. “I’ve had a lot of people live throughout my career, but I’ve never had that one-on-one connection with somebody. I’m really happy how well that app worked. It allowed me to find him so fast,” says Brawner, who represents the first big success story for this new technology that was the brainchild of Richard Price, the former chief of California’s San Ramon Valley Fire Department, who wanted to connect the 13 million Americans who are CPR-trained with people who need their immediate help.

“It’s pretty remarkable,” says Brawner, still in awe. “If I had taken a minute longer to get to him, he would have not survived.” Basse now has an implantable defibrillator in his chest and is expected to have a full recovery. He returned home from the rehab facility last week and will eventually go back to work as a truck driver. And Brawner and Basse have plans to go golfing this month.

View the full story by Chistina Goyanes at Men’s Health.

July 17, 2014 | by

Error: Unable to connect to PulsePoint Server

On Saturday, July 16, 2014 the PulsePoint foundation installed new 2048-bit key length SSL certificates on all its servers (existing 1024-bit certificates were expiring).

Older Android devices (running 2.3.x Gingerbread and earlier) are not able to support these 2048-bit SSL certificates with some applications (users may be able to ignore the certificates in a browser but not in PulsePoint). The deprecation of 1024-bit RSA is an industry-wide effort.

A new Standard for SSL Certificates (industry standards set by the Certification Authority/Browser (CA/B) Forum) require that certificates issued after January 1, 2014 MUST be at least 2048-bit key length. The cybersecurity industry is moving to stronger 2048-bit encryption to help preserve internet security.

It will likely take a phone upgrade to resolve this issue but the foundation continues to explore other options.

Also important to note is that the foundation is preparing to release a significant new Android version soon that will require a minimum OS version of 3.0 (Honeycomb).

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July 1, 2014 | by

Rogers Fire Department App Asks Residents To Do CPR, Save Lives

Rogers Fire StationA new smartphone application that asks volunteers to help when someone nearby has a cardiac arrest could make the difference between life and death for some residents, said Tom Jenkins, Rogers fire chief.

“Over the course of the year, I think we will save a few more lives,” Jenkins said Friday.

On Tuesday, city aldermen approved spending about $45,000 to participate in an app by PulsePoint, a nonprofit organization that aims to provide a nationwide system that matches volunteers to people who need cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. The app will go live in Rogers within three months, Jenkins said.

Starting CPR immediately increases the chance of survival among cardiac arrest patients, said Richard Price, PulsePoint president and a former fire chief.

“We know bystanders can intervene and make a difference in people’s lives before firefighters arrive,” Price said.

During a heart attack, brain damage can start in about five minutes, and the survival rate drops to almost zero in 10 minutes, Price said. In Rogers, it takes an average of about 6 1/2 minutes for dispatchers to get the 911 call, notify firefighters, and for firefighters to suit up and drive to the location where a heart attack is happening, Jenkins said.

The cardiac arrest survival rate in Rogers was about 42 percent last year, he said.

Implementing the app is the second step to getting residents to participate in emergency care, Jenkins said. The Fire Department has pushed for residents to learn CPR for about three years, he said.

The strategy has worked, Jenkins said. The Rogers Fire Department has trained about 15,000 residents in CPR, and bystander participation is up.

The Fire Department had about 100 bystanders help during emergencies last year when just two years ago that number was in the single digits, Jenkins said.

“Our community here in Rogers has really stepped up to learn CPR,” he said.

The PulsePoint Respond app is new, but participation is growing nationwide, Price said. The 3-year-old app is used in about 600 cities and communities nationwide and in 18 states. Another 200 cities are in the process of adding the app, he said.

Rogers will be the first to try the app in Arkansas, Price said. Jenkins said other cities may follow suit once they see how well the app works.

At A Glance

Bystander CPR

Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. In Rogers, the survival rate was 42 percent last year, compared to about 7 percent in 2010.

App Coverage

The PulsePoint Response app will cover Rogers and Little Flock and part of Benton County along Arkansas 12 and Arkansas 94 East. The app also acts as a registry for defibrillators and notifies volunteers where public defibrillators are located. For volunteers who register, the app also will relocate when they travel to other jurisdictions that use it. So, a Rogers traveler can be notified of a cardiac arrest while they are visiting Las Vegas, for example.

Survival Rate

Survival rates nationwide for sudden cardiac arrests are less than 8 percent. Only about a third of victims receive bystander CPR. Without oxygen-rich blood, permanent brain damage or death can occur in less than 8 minutes.

View the full story By Scarlet Simson at NWAonline.

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June 29, 2014 | by

New Smartphone App Could Reduce Heart Attack Deaths

Rogers, AR — A new smartphone app is coming to Rogers, and it has the potential to help save lives. “PulsePoint” is a free app that notifies CPR certified people of a cardiac emergency nearby. When a 911 call is placed, the closest person in a public location that is certified to perform CPR will be alerted on their phone so they can respond before emergency crews arrive. The City of Rogers has been working to reduce the number of cardiac arrest deaths in the area for several years. They also want to increase the number of bystanders performing CPR.

Bryan Hinds of Rogers’ Fire Department says, “we were wanting to up that [CPR responses] percentage because we think we can significantly impact the number of survivals from cardiac arrest.”

View the full story on the NWA Homepage.

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June 24, 2014 | by

Medic shares his PulsePoint experience on KXL Morning News Radio

TVF&R Firefighter Scott Brawner saved a life while off-duty recently, and credits a new mobile app for the quick response. He shares his PulsePoint experience with Steve and Rebecca on KXL Morning News Radio.


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June 21, 2014 | by

PulsePoint AED (v1.1) is available in the store today

PulsePoint AED v1.1Among several usability improvements you’ll also find:

  • Landmark icons (such as restaurants, gas stations, etc.) are now suppressed in the map display to provide greater visibility of AED icons
  • A new “spotlight” map mask to indicate the area searched for the currently displayed AEDs
  • AED photos now support rotation

Plus, so much more in the works…

PulsePoint AED on the App Store on iTunes

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