September 19, 2013 | by

American Heart Association and Las Vegas FD Teach CPR and PulsePoint to 1,000 at Community Event

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) — Some local experts are teaching people how to save lives Wednesday.

News 3’s Denise Rosch was downtown as tourists and locals were pulled off the street for a mass CPR training session.

This is the American Heart Association’s hands only CPR training.


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A free, 15-minute session designed to teach as many people as possible the simple technique of proper chest compressions.

Melanie Baldwin is living proof, it works. In June her husband performed CPR on her when she collapsed, in full cardiac arrest. Now she’s helping spread the word that the life you save could be someone you love.

“My husband was my traumatized than I was, because you want to be able to help, you don’t want to feel helpless,” Baldwin said.

According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.

But immediate CPR can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival. Exactly what this event is all about.

The goal was to teach 1,000 people this simple procedure in the next five days and ask them, to turn around and teach someone else.

There is also an app for this.

“Your phone will send you an alert you’re within 200 yards of where somebody needs CPR,” said Chief Wille McDonald of Las Vegas Fire.

It’s called Pulse point and is free through iTunes. Las Vegas Fire Chief Willie McDonald says you can monitor fire calls right from your smartphone.

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September 13, 2013 | by

PulsePoint Foundation and Physio-Control Partner to Save Lives

In one of our initial segments from EMS World Expo in Las Vegas, MedicCast host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic was joined by Physio-Control, Inc CEO Brian Webster and PulsePoint Foundation President, Richard Price to talk about their ground breaking partnership to get more CPR trained responders to cardiac arrest patients around the world.

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The novel PulsePoint app alerts CPR-trained citizens by smartphone of SCA (sudden cardiac arrest) emergencies in their proximity and provides the location of the nearest public access AEDs. Deployment of the PulsePoint app can significantly strengthen the “chain of survival” by improving bystander response to SCA victims and increasing the chance that lifesaving steps will be taken prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS) professionals.

Brian and Richard share with Jamie some of the history of the partnership and what will happen moving forward as Physio-Control brings its global marketing efforts to bear on building awareness and usage of the Pulse Point mobile app in communities. We are certainly looking forward to more in the near future as more lives are saved by bystanders using this app to be called to help out.

The PulsePoint smartphone app is available to the public free of charge for Apple iOS and Google Android devices from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Public safety agencies interested in learning more about implementing PulsePoint in their communities should contact their local Physio-Control representative or call 800-442-1142.

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September 12, 2013 | by

New mobile app takes CPR to the next level

Using crowdsourcing to connect trained citizens to cardiac arrest victims

EMS1.com LogoIf you have any experience in EMS, it should be pretty evident that survival from sudden cardiac arrest is wholly dependent on a system of careful steps that are rapidly and reliably implemented. Nowhere is it more crucial than right up front – when the patient collapses. Every minute it takes for professional responders to arrive at the patient’s side translates to the increasing probability that the patient will not survive. Unless the bystander is in the immediate vicinity of the patient – in the same room literally – that cardiac arrest will not receive the benefit of early CPR and defibrillation.

It would make a lot of sense to somehow be able to locate laypersons trained in CPR in the vicinity of a possible cardiac arrest and guide them to the scene. Add to that the ability to locate a nearby AED and you have an infrastructure that gives the patient a fighting chance of survival. Question is, how can that be done?

Well, technology steps in and provides a solution. During the 2013 EMSWorld Convention and Trade Show, Physio-Control announced that they were partnering with the PulsePoint Foundation to speed up implementation of what is essentially a crowdsourcing solution.

PulsePoint is a technology that harnesses the power of smartphones to receive information about a cardiac arrest that has happened within their vicinity through a free mobile app. The information is fed through software that is embedded within that community’s public safety answering point’s (PSAP) communication system, which functions silently in the background as the telecommunicator takes the initial call and dispatches resources. The app also provides potential CPR-trained bystanders with the location of any nearby AEDs.

Read the full story by Art Hsieh at EMS1.

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September 9, 2013 | by

Physio-Control and PulsePoint Join Forces to Expand Citizen CPR and AED Response

Partnership will accelerate use of PulsePoint mobile app to help improve sudden cardiac arrest survival

Physio-Control LogoREDMOND, Wash. and PLEASANTON, Calif. – September 9, 2013 – Physio-Control, the leading provider of emergency medical response technologies worldwide, and the PulsePoint Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing mobile technologies to help everyday citizens save lives, today announced that the two organizations have entered into a strategic partnership aimed at improving sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival in communities around the world. The partnership seeks to meet the growing public safety agency demand for the PulsePoint CPR/AED mobile phone application and to expand citizen responder cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and public access automated external defibrillator (AED) networks.

The novel PulsePoint app alerts CPR-trained citizens by smartphone of SCA emergencies in their proximity and provides the location of the nearest public access AEDs. Deployment of the PulsePoint app can significantly strengthen the “chain of survival” by improving bystander response to SCA victims and increasing the chance that lifesaving steps will be taken prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS) professionals.

“Physio-Control’s mission of providing lifesaving tools to lifesaving teams aligns very well with ours,” said Richard Price, president, PulsePoint Foundation. “Their extensive experience working with the EMS community provides a tremendous platform from which to meet the growing demand for PulsePoint and ultimately improve the frequency of bystander CPR and AED deployments in more communities.”

Through the partnership, Physio-Control will collaborate with the PulsePoint Foundation to expand availability of PulsePoint to public safety agencies worldwide. Physio-Control will promote PulsePoint to public safety agencies through its global sales and service teams and expand on PulsePoint’s capabilities for system implementation and support.

“New mobile health tools are engaging the public in profound ways. I can think of no more important use of mobile technology than empowering citizens to save a life,” said Brian Webster, president and CEO, Physio-Control, Inc. “PulsePoint’s solution fits perfectly with our focus on improving the system of care and I’m confident that increased frequency of bystander CPR and AED use will have a positive impact on sudden cardiac arrest survival rates.”

PulsePoint has garnered national attention and received notable recognition for its innovative use of technology to help save lives, including a 2012 International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) Webby Award nomination for the Best Use of GPS or Location Technology and winning the 2011 International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Fire Service Global Award for Excellence.

Today at EMS World Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, PulsePoint debuted a completely redesigned and extended version the app, including significant usability enhancements and a new distinctive user interface.

PulsePoint Version 3

PulsePoint App Version 3.0 (Click for high-resolution image)

The PulsePoint smartphone app is available to the public free of charge for Apple iOS and Google Android devices from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Public safety agencies interested in learning more about implementing PulsePoint in their communities should contact their local Physio-Control representative or call 800-442-1142.

About sudden cardiac arrest
SCA is a leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for an estimated 325,000 deaths each year/1,000 deaths per day. 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. However, only about one quarter of SCA victims receive bystander CPR and even fewer receive a potentially lifesaving therapeutic shock from a public access AED. Improving bystander CPR rates and access to AEDs is critical to survival.

About Physio-Control
Physio-Control, Inc. is headquartered in Redmond, Washington. The company operates in over 100 countries and is the world’s leading provider of professional emergency medical response solutions that predict or intervene in life threatening emergencies. To learn more visit www.physio-control.com, or connect with us at www.facebook.com/physiocontrolinc, www.linkedin.com/company/physio-control-inc- or @PhysioControl.

About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its mission 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 public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens and empower them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest. Learn more at www.pulsepoint.org or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/PulsePoint and @PulsePoint.

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Contacts:

Jennifer Roth Erik Denny
Physio-Control Physio-Control
jennifer.m.roth@physio-control.com erik.b.denny@physio-control.com
(425) 867-4393 (425) 867-4208
Richard Price
PulsePoint Foundation
richard.price@pulsepoint.org
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June 22, 2013 | by

Heart Attack or Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

In the swirling media coverage of actor James Gandolfini’s sudden death, the terms “sudden cardiac arrest” and “heart attack” were sometimes used as if they are interchangeable.

They’re not.

Sudden cardiac arrest and heart attack are actually two distinct cardiac conditions. Walid Saliba, MD, cardiologist and Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Electrophysiology Lab, explains.

Read the full post by Cleveland Clinic.

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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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February 14, 2012 | by

New Mobile Phone App to Help Save Lives Announced by San José Fire Department and El Camino Hospital

SJFD LogoSAN JOSE, Calif. – A free CPR “citizen responder” mobile phone application will help save lives through a new partnership between the San José Fire Department and El Camino Hospital.

The PulsePoint app enables members of the public to provide life-saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest, which causes nearly 1,000 deaths a day in the United States. San José is the nation’s largest city to utilize PulsePoint’s location-aware technology. The app is available for both the iPhone and Android smart phones.

“The first few minutes after a sudden cardiac arrest are critical for saving lives, and this app will help citizens provide immediate assistance,” said San José Mayor Chuck Reed. “Technology can help us build a safer, stronger and healthier community, and our partnership with El Camino Hospital to bring PulsePoint to San José is a wonderful example of this commitment at no cost to us.”

App users, who have indicated they are trained in CPR, can be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. The app uses sophisticated location-based services to alert citizens in a public place of the need for CPR. The application also directs citizen rescuers to the exact location of the nearest publicly available automated external defibrillator (AED).

The PulsePoint app will be made available to additional communities in Santa Clara County over the next year.

“We’re making it very easy to empower citizens of San Jose who can help with CPR when every second counts,” said San José Fire Chief William McDonald. “Timing is crucial for saving a life during cardiac arrest, and a notification to someone close by who can perform CPR can make all the difference.”

The City of San José has installed 190 AEDs in libraries, community centers and other public locations. The City has also installed 40 AEDs at the San Jose International Airport so victims of cardiac arrest can have a greater chance of survival.

El Camino Hospital Logo“Bringing this leading-edge lifesaving tool to the residents of San José is part of our ongoing commitment to improve the health and well being of our community,” said Tomi Ryba, president and CEO of El Camino Hospital. “We encourage everyone to become trained in CPR in order to extend the benefits of this mobile application and save lives.”

“Once a sudden cardiac arrest begins, chances of that person surviving decrease 10 percent for every minute that passes without resuscitation; after 10 minutes there is little chance for successful resuscitation,” said Chad Rammohan, MD, FACC, medical director of the Chest Pain Center at El Camino Hospital. “Citizen responders can help stop the clock by starting CPR immediately and help increase the individual’s chances for survival until paramedics arrive. Recent advances in hospital management including cooling or therapeutic hypothermia have made a significant difference in meaningful recovery.”

While difficult to quantify how many lives have been saved from bystander intervention since CPR was developed by the American Heart Association in 1960, the stories of people like sudden cardiac arrest survivor Theresa Doede underscore the important role that everyday individuals trained in CPR can play.

“I survived an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest while attending a Christmas party on December 11, 2010,” said Ms. Doede. “I have no brain injury due to a willing bystander beginning CPR within moments of my collapse.”

The PulsePoint app is available for download free at both the Apple iPhone App Store and in the Android Market.

The PulsePoint app also provides a virtual window into select 911 emergency communication centers giving users of mobile devices real-time access to emergency activity as it is occurring. Users are able to view active incidents, including the current response status of dispatched units, and instantly pinpoint incident location on an interactive map. Users also can choose to be notified of incidents by type when they are dispatched and monitor emergency radio traffic via this modern version of the traditional fire scanner.

The PulsePoint app has received several international awards, including the International Association of Fire Chiefs 2011 Fire Service Award for Excellence, a CTIA-The Wireless Association 2011 VITA Wireless Samaritan Award, a 2011 Computerworld Honors Program Laureate Award for Innovation, an American Heart Association Life Saver Heart Partner Award, and an IADAS Webby Official Honoree award for the Best Use of GPS or Location Technology. Additional information about the PulsePoint app can be found at www.pulsepoint.org.

About Sudden Cardiac Death
Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating, resulting in no blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. Approximately 300,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year in the United States, with a median reported survival-to-hospital-discharge rate of 8 percent.

Rapidly implementing the “chain of survival” model can help increase the chances of survival from sudden cardiac arrest. The steps in the chain include activation of emergency medical services by calling 9-1-1, starting CPR, using an AED and acquiring appropriate care.

About the San José Fire Department
The San José Fire Department is committed to excellence in public safety. It embraces innovative approaches to meet the evolving needs of the diverse city of San José and works in partnership with the community to achieve a fire and hazard safe environment. The San José Fire Department consists of 650 authorized sworn personnel, 44 non-sworn uniformed Fire Communication Dispatchers, and 57 civilian personnel. It protects 206 square miles and approximately 1.2 million residents. Its mission is to serve the community by protecting life, property, and the environment through prevention and response. More information can be found at www.sjfd.org

About El Camino Hospital
El Camino Hospital is an acute-care, 542-bed, not-for-profit and locally governed organization with campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos, Calif. In addition to state-of-the-art emergency departments, key medical specialties include heart and vascular, cancer care, urology, orthopedic and spine, neuroscience, genomic medicine, and the only Women’s Hospital in Northern California. The hospital is recognized as a national leader in the use of health information technology and wireless communications, and has been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center as well as back-to-back ANCC Magnet Recognitions for Nursing Care. More information can be found at www.elcaminohospital.org.

About PulsePoint
PulsePoint is a 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 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 help reduce the estimated 1 million worldwide annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest. More information about PulsePoint can be found at www.pulsepoint.org.

Contacts
Captain Mary Gutierrez
Public Information Officer
Office (408) 794-6959
Cell (408) 398-9228
sjfdpio@sanjoseca.gov

Chris Ernst
El Camino Hospital
Office (650) 962-5853
chris.ernst@elcaminohospital.org

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January 25, 2011 | by

San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District to Dispatch Citizens to Cardiac Emergencies

SAN RAMON, CA – In the spirit of “Gov 2.0” the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (SRVFPD) announced the release of an innovative new location‐aware iPhone application today, January 25, 2011. The new app empowers everyday citizens to provide life‐saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Application users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can now be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR.

If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the application, using sophisticated GPS technology, will alert citizens in the vicinity of the need for CPR. The application also directs these citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest public access Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

“The creation and deployment of a smartphone application that notifies trained bystanders of nearby cardiac arrest events completely redefines the traditional meaning of a witnessed arrest by expanding awareness over a much broader area,” said Richard Price, Fire Chief for the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. “Providing actionable, real‐time information during a sudden cardiac arrest emergency, including mapping the victim and rescuer locations, along with the nearest AED locations, is the quintessential use of GPS technology on a mobile phone today.”

Nearly 300,000 people die each year in the United States from cardiac arrest. Survival rates nationally for SCA are less than eight percent and brain death begins in just four to six minutes. Even the best emergency medical services (EMS) in the country can have response times that exceed seven minutes. Bystander CPR and the early use of an AED are two extremely critical links in the cardiac chain of survival. This application strengthens these links and ultimately strengthens the entire chain.

“The district will share tools to allow other public safety agencies to deploy the Fire Department application at no cost in their community,” added Chief Price. “Although pioneered here, the value of this application is far too important to society to not ambitiously share it with other communities around the globe.”

SRVFPD has been publicly testing a limited version of the application for the past six months with more than 22,000 iPhone users. The District has sent over 600,000 push notifications during this assessment period.

The new application was publically unveiled today at a press conference featuring Fire Chief Richard Price, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) President Jack Parow, Workday Co‐Founder and CEO Dave Duffield along with CEO Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media.

The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District provides all‐risk fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the communities of Alamo, Blackhawk, the Town of Danville, Diablo, the City of San Ramon, the southern area of Morgan Territory and the Tassajara Valley, in Northern California (Contra Costa County). The District’s service area encompasses approximately 155 square miles and serves a population of 170,000.

NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional web and print resources including sample screen shots, supporting images and video please visit the Fire Department iPhone App landing page at http://www.firedepartment.mobi

A Public Service Announcement (PSA) video to raise local awareness about the application is also available on the site. The PSA is being shown in local movie theatres beginning January 28, 2011.

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