January 9, 2013 | by

PulsePoint – Turning Everyday Citizens Into Heroes


It seems like there’s an app for everything these days but of all the apps on your smart phone, is there one that could help you save a life? The Avera Heart Hospital has teamed up with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue to launch an app that can turn everyday citizens into life saving heroes.

On average it takes Sioux Falls emergency responders around six minutes to get on scene. But when it comes to sudden cardiac arrest those six minutes could mean the difference between life and death.

“I believe there are people out there, who are willing, able, and trained to do CPR and all they need to know is that there is a need for that.” Said Division Chief Jeff Helm with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue.

Say hello to PulsePoint, a free app for your smart phone that does exactly that. It’s an alert system that turns everyday people into lifesavers.

See the full story by Jake Iversen at KSFY Television (ABC).

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January 4, 2013 | by

Sioux Falls launching app that aims to save lives through CPR

Seal of the City of Sioux FallsSioux Falls is launching a smartphone app that will enable more people to help save lives.

People who are willing and able to perform CPR can download PulsePoint, an app for Android and iPhone that notifies users when an emergency happens in a public place. The app uses GPS to notify users within walking distance, so ideally he or she could be on scene faster than emergency responders, said Jeff Helm, Division Chief for Sioux Falls Fire Rescue.

Here’s an example of how it works:

Someone in Best Buy has a heart attack. Someone calls 911. When 911 dispatches EMS responders, the message is simultaneously sent to PulsePoint. The app uses GPS to notify users within a half-mile of the scene.

The free app shows your location, the location of the emergency and the location of the nearest Public Access Defibrillator.

Read the full article by Sarah Reinecke at the Argus Leader.

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January 4, 2013 | by

Sioux Falls now covered by lifesaving smart phone app!

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue
Sioux Falls, South Dakota – On Tuesday January 8, 2013, at 10:45AM, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue (SFFR) and Avera Heart Hospital will be holding a press conference to announce the lifesaving PulsePoint smart phone application. Please join us at Avera Heart Hospital located at 4500 W 69th St, as we unveil the benefits of being a community covered by PulsePoint. Jon Soderholm, President and CEO of Avera Heart Hospital, Jim Sideras, Fire Chief of SFFR, along with other community partners will be on hand.

PulsePoint is the technology advancement that will further enhance cardiac survivability by engaging every day citizens willing and able to perform CPR, and when available, the use of a Public Access Defibrillators (AED). With the use of this Global Positioning System (GPS) powered iPhone and Android App, community members can provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. App subscribers that have indicated they are able and willing to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can now be alerted if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. This notification only occurs when the incident is in a public place and will also indicate where the nearest Public Access Defibrillator (AED) is located.Avera Heart Hospital

Early intervention during sudden cardiac arrests will make that lifesaving difference in our goal to improve survivability. The PulsePoint mobile app will do that by reducing collapse-to-CPR times and increasing citizen awareness of cardiac events beyond the traditional “witnessed” area. It also can reduce collapse-to-defibrillation times by increasing awareness of public access defibrillator (PAD) locations through real-time mapping of nearby devices.

Contacts
Jeff Helm, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue
605-367-8078

Marilyn Paddock, Avera Heart Hospital
605-977-7022

Download original City of Sioux Falls Press Release here.

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