December 22, 2015 | by

HMH, Hardin County EMS, 911 partner to provide life-saving app

PulsePoint app notifies CPR-trained citizens of nearby cardiac arrests

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. – Beginning today, Hardin Memorial Health (HMH), Hardin County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Hardin County 911 are making a new life-saving smartphone app available in the market place. The app, called PulsePoint, is integrated in the county’s 911 system and alerts CPR-trained bystanders in the immediate vicinity of a cardiac emergency, so they can get to the scene and start CPR in the critical minutes before EMS teams arrive.

The three partners came together today at the Hardin County Government Building to announce the availability of the app. Hardin County is the second community in the state to make this app available – Erlanger, Kentucky was the first.

“We are thrilled to partner with Hardin County EMS and Hardin County 911 to bring this life-saving tool to Hardin County,” said Sharon Wright, HMH Chief Nursing Officer.

Wright added that every day, 1,000 people experience Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), the leading cause of death in our country.

Director of Hardin County EMS John Malcomson said that number typically increases over the holidays.

“There couldn’t be a better time to roll this out,” Malcomson said.

The American Heart Association estimates that effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival, but only about one quarter of SCA victims receive bystander CPR.

“We want to change that,” Malcomson said. “Minutes matter when it comes to savings lives, especially the life of someone experiencing a cardiac emergency. This app can make a difference in a life or death situation.”

Malcomson shared the real-life story of Rodney Druen, who attended the announcement. Druen went into cardiac arrest at his home in Sonora. His neighbor, a volunteer firefighter, administered CPR until EMS arrived.

“I wouldn’t be standing here today if it weren’t for my neighbor, Brad, and the excellent care I received from Hardin County EMS and Hardin Memorial Hospital,” Druen said.

Jamie Armstrong, EMS Supervisor, also encouraged more people in Hardin County to get CPR training.

“It’s easy to learn. There are classes available through the American Red Cross, Hardin County Government, HMH and the Lincoln Trail District Health Department, ,” said Armstrong. “This is a very caring community. What better way to take care of one another than to learn CPR and download this app?”

Bob Hammonds, 911 Director, who was also on hand for the event, reiterated that the community is pivotal to the success of the PulsePoint partnership.

“PulsePoint notifications are generated by the 911 dispatch,” Hammonds said. “It is important that all citizens know to call 911 in the event of a cardiac episode – no matter how seemingly small it is. Hesitating to call 911 could prevent life-saving CPR to be administered by a trained bystander.”

The PulsePoint app also alerts bystanders to any nearby public access automated external defibrillators (AED) which is yet another tool proven critical to surviving a cardiac emergency.

PulsePoint leaders gave the Hardin County partners high praise.

“We are inspired by the strong collaboration between Hardin County EMS, Hardin County 911 and Hardin Memorial Health to bring the PulsePoint app to their community,” said Richard Price, President of the PulsePoint Foundation. “PulsePoint will amplify the excellent work already accomplished around CPR training and public AED placement in the community. The leadership to drive early adoption of PulsePoint in Kentucky is exemplary.”

To get the PulsePoint app, go to www.pulsepoint.org/download or simply search for PulsePoint in the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

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About HMH: Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) is an integrated system of health care providers throughout a 10-county region of Central Kentucky. HMH is committed to delivering the highest-quality patient-centered health care to the more than 400,000 people it serves. With more than 2,000 medical professionals including 230 first-in-class physicians in over 40 specialties as well as primary care and a 300-bed hospital, HMH provides comprehensive health care close to home for the residents of Hardin, Meade, Nelson, LaRue, Breckinridge, Grayson, Hart, Bullitt, Green and Taylor counties. HMH is a county owned system under a management contract with Kentucky’s Baptist Health, headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.

About Hardin County EMS: Hardin County EMS serves the citizens of Hardin County, Kentucky. Hardin County EMS currently makes approximately 15,000 runs per year and have five 24-hour ALS ambulances covering the county 24 hours a day. It also has 10 hour ALS truck that covers the area 40 hours a week at peak times as well as three BLS Trucks that do non-emergent inter-facility transports. Hardin County EMS is the sole paramedic provider in Hardin County.

About Hardin County 911: Hardin County 911 is the official Public Safety Answering Point for Hardin County, KY. Hardin County 911 dispatches for Hardin County EMS, Hardin County Sheriff, 14 fire departments, Hardin County Emergency Management, Hardin County Animal Control and West Point Police Department. In addition, Hardin County 911 answers emergency calls for Elizabethtown Police, Radcliff Police and the KY State Police Post 4 and transfers calls for service to their dispatch centers. With 20 full time employees, Hardin County 911 takes pride in being the first link to emergency services for Hardin County.

Media Contact:
Megan Blaney, Heartland Communications Consultants
(631) 431-3011
megan@heartlandcommunicate.com

Source: Hardin County

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August 25, 2015 | by

Thousands of San Diegans Register for Life-Saving Apps

More than 35,000 San Diego County residents now receive alerts on their phones letting them know of a chance to potentially save someone’s life nearby.

That’s how many people have downloaded and registered for the PulsePoint Respond app in the past year since it launched locally. The app, which is free, lets users trained in CPR know when and where their help is needed.

A second app, called PulsePoint AED, lets users know where automatic external defibrillators (AED) are located nearby. The chance of saving a victim of cardiac arrest doubles when AEDs are used in addition to CPR.

The mobile apps were launched in July 2014 and March 2015 in a partnership between the County, City of San Diego, San Diego County Fire Chiefs’ Association, American Medical Response, Rural/Metro and the PulsePoint Foundation.

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More than 1,800 local AEDs are also now listed in the PulsePoint AED app. As part of the crowdsourcing campaign in March, participants competed for prizes by using the app to identify both new and existing AEDs to expand the database of AED locations. The effort increased awareness about both apps and resulted in the registration of dozens of new AEDs.

“The more users we can add, and AEDs we can register, the more lives we have a chance to save,” said San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Horn. “By working together to introduce and integrate this technology into the community, we are making San Diego a safer place to live.”

San Diego iPhone 6 AED MapThe crowdsourcing campaign participants received “points” for registering AEDs in the community. The Wireless Foundation launched an accompanying Twitter campaign to encourage San Diego residents to join the contest. Joe Ferraro, an Assistant Chief of Emergency Medical Services for the Miramar Fire Department, received the most points and won a new iPad, courtesy of American Medical Response. Other prizes included a signed Chargers football, signed Padres hat, Balboa Park and Midway Museum passes and Amazon gift cards.

“I want to thank all of the county residents who helped us add and verify AEDs through PulsePoint,” said Supervisor Ron Roberts, who led the effort to bring PulsePoint and its sister app to all of San Diego County. “Their efforts are making a difference. Chief Ferraro himself is a great example of how our firefighters are embracing PulsePoint. It’s also exciting to see the two apps bringing the community and first responders together in a joint effort.”

The PulsePoint app has proven especially popular with emergency responders.

“PulsePoint is something all of the local fire agencies are excited about,” said Don Butz, President of the San Diego County Fire Chiefs’ Association and Chief of Viejas Fire Department. “We’ve encouraged all of our firefighters and paramedics to download the app. It’s our way of always being available to save a life, even when we’re not on-duty. I encourage every resident who has CPR training to download the app and join our effort.”

The way the app works is all registered users who are within a quarter mile of someone in cardiac distress receives an alert on their phone asking them to respond. Up pops a map on your smartphone, as well as the location of an AED device if one is nearby.

Both of the free apps are available through Google Play or the Apple App Store. While the campaign is over, it’s still important to register AEDs with PulsePoint AED as it could save the life of someone in need. San Diegans are also encouraged to get trained in CPR, learn how to use AEDs, and sign up to receive the PulsePoint alerts and respond if needed. The American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and San Diego Project Heartbeat provide CPR and AED trainings throughout the year.

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Source: San Diego County News Center

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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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July 28, 2014 | by

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

Technology Helps Citizens Become Heroes

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.”

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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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January 22, 2014 | by

PulsePoint app could allow you to save a life

Steve MelanderMERCED COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) — A new smartphone app is making it easier for people in the North Valley to help save lives. It alerts users when someone is going into cardiac arrest near them.

Emergency responders rush to hundreds of cardiac arrest calls each year in Merced County, and they say every minute truly counts.

Riggs Ambulance General Manager Steve Melander said, “The statistics show for every minute that goes by your chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest goes down by 10 percent.”

That’s why several local agencies, including Riggs Ambulance and the Merced City Fire Department, are now working together to promote the PULSE program.

Melander added, “PULSE stands for Public and Professional Unified Life Saving Effort, so it’s a new program where we can enact citizen responders.”

Residents who are willing to perform CPR can now download the PulsePoint app for any smartphone. It uses GPS information to alert you if someone is going into sudden cardiac arrest in a public place within a quarter mile of your location. It also shows you how to access nearby automatic external defibrillators.

Chief Michael McLaughlin with the Merced City Fire Department said, “Our goal is to help our citizens become the first first responders. The people that are in the business next door to an incident can lend a hand before we can ever get there.”

Read the full article by Sara Sandrik at ABC.

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November 11, 2013 | by

Here’s how to save a life

Daniel and Charlette SandersAfter Scott Hansen’s heart gave out last year, strangers used its power to give him another chance at life. When Bill Pelow’s heart stopped in 2011, Daniel Velazquez became his lifeline because of it.

Charlette Sanders isn’t a widow today and her children have a father because she learned the lifesaving technique during an emergency conversation with 911 operator Amy Breitenbach.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, better known as CPR, the only known method of keeping someone alive until medically necessary treatment can be administered, saves tens of thousands of lives in heart-related crises annually in the United States alone.

But as wonderful as that is, it is also true that tens of thousands of other Americans die because CPR isn’t used. The American Heart Association reports that less than one-third of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims — there are about 400,000 each year — receive CPR from a bystander.

David Slattery, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue’s medical director, said studies show that Americans find intervening “very scary” because they’re not medically trained and that fear often paralyzes them.

Considering that cardiac arrest survival falls an estimated 7 percent to 10 percent for every minute without CPR and that it takes an average of four to six minutes across the country for rescue personnel to arrive, the low rate of bystander CPR plays a critical role on outcomes.

Less than 8 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.

Read the full post by Paul Harasim at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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