January 26, 2014 | by

Smart phone app to help save lives

ABC News12SAGINAW COUNTY (WJRT) – When a heart attack strikes, seconds matter.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, topping cancer and strokes.

Two local organizations are doing everything they can to connect people with technology that saves lives.

The Pulse 3 Foundation and Mobile Medical Response are using a smart phone app. It’s called PulsePoint. It’s free and you can find it in the app store on your phone.

“It’s an amazing app,” said Lynn Schutter, Director of Communications at Mobile Medical Response.

When seconds matter, “You need to act immediately in instances of cardiac arrest,” Schutter said.

According to Schutter, Saginaw County averages one heart attack a day.

“Our response times are six and eight minutes, within the city of Saginaw,” Schutter said.

“If an ambulance gets to you in six minutes, which is a phenomenal response time, your chance of living is already down to 40 percent, so we want to get help to you as soon as we can,” said Diane Fong, CEO of Pulse 3 Foundation.

While emergency crews are on the way, they’ll use PulsePoint to save time and lives.

“An alert will go out when it’s in a public location,” Fong said.

“Similar to an amber alert,” Schutter said.

If someone is having a heart attack, 911 will dispatch an ambulance, and MMR will send an alert through the app to get the attention of people nearby who are trained in CPR. PulsePoint also lets them know where the nearest automated external defibrillator can be found.

“We are the only service provider to bring the Pulse app to the state of Michigan,” Schutter said.

Right now, the feature is only available in Saginaw, Isabella, Gratiot and Clare counties. More than 3,000 people have already signed up to get the alerts, and the search is on for more volunteers.

“What we want is people who are willing to step in to help,” Fong said.

“If we can get bystanders to step in and give that immediate help while we are on the way, we can really save a life,” Schutter said.

Read the full story by Candace Burns at ABC.

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June 30, 2013 | by

MMR to expand PulsePoint into Isabella County

MMR LogoSince its debut in 1994, Mobile Medical Response has been about saving lives.

Now, the Saginaw-based ambulance service want to take it a step further in Isabella County, as it has in other areas.

Teaming up with the Michigan CardioVascular Institute Foundation, MMR is expanding its “Shocks & Saves” initiative, starting with a scavenger hunt for automated external defibrillators in Isabella County.

Between July 12 and 26, the contest to find AEDs – equipment used to deliver shocks to people in cardiac arrest – is being held in Isabella County.

Anyone 18 or older wanting to help find the AEDs in Isabella County can get details online at www.pulse3.org or by calling 989-754-7283.

There will be cash prizes for the top three AED finders, with $500 for the first place winner, $250 for second and $200 for third.

Anyone submitting a minimum of two valid AED locations will be entered into a drawing for a $50 cash prize.

People can enter the contest individually or in teams, and AEDs that count toward total numbers must be found in fixed, public locations, as opposed to those in police cars or in private homes.

Contestants must include the building address, zip code and company name if applicable, a photograph of the AED and a description of the AED location.

In addition to the monetary awards, the scavenger hunt will help MMR find all of the public AEDs in the county, which is information necessary for PulsePoint to create maps for smartphones that will show locations of the devices.

Lynn Schutter, director of community relations for MMR, said the scavenger hunt for AEDs, which are typically found in schools, large retailers and other businesses and buildings open to the public, is the first step in providing Isabella County residents with a smartphone application designed to save lives.

PulsePoint is an application that can be used on both Androids and iPhones that uses GPS to notify people with cardiopulmonary resuscitation training when an emergency cardiac event is happening near them.

Those who want to assist with CPR must know the procedure but do not have to be certified, and MMR will be providing one-hour non-certification training, Schutter said.

Piloted in Saginaw County, PulsePoint works with MMR’s dispatch center to create a community CPR/AED alert system.

Those who download the application get an alert when someone is in cardiac arrest at a public location within a quarter-mile radius, Schutter said.

Any bystander who has the application and knows CPR can help at the scene while an ambulance crew is en route, Schutter said.

Michigan CardioVascular Institute Foundation – Saginaw, MichiganAs part of an effort to keep communities safer, MMR has donated AEDs to Clare County, and Shocks & Saves has raised about $200,000 to date for the placement of AEDs in the communities MMR serves.

Schutter said PulsePoint is a way to help save lives and quality of life in the community.

Read the full story by Susan Field in the Morning Sun.

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June 6, 2013 | by

Pulse3 Foundation expanding the PulsePoint smartphone app in Michigan

logo-pulse3_foundationSAGINAW, MI — Heart disease is taking a toll on the Great Lakes Bay Region, and the Michigan CardioVascular Institute Foundation is changing to take it on.

The foundation is changing its name to Pulse3 Foundation, said President and Chief Executive Officer Diane Fong. The private foundation will become a public charity, Fong said, and add five members to its board of directors from Saginaw, Bay and Midland counties.

“Heart disease is bigger than one organization,” she said. “Our goals, passion and commitment remains unchanged.”

The death rate from heart disease is higher in Michigan and the region than the national average.

Pulse3’s vision of a community free of heart disease remains strong with community-based, widespread, regional support, Fong said.

The foundation’s programs include the Run for Your Heart Fitness and Wellness Program, Run for Your Heart Community Races, Shocks & Saves alert system for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator emergencies, deployment of AED units in the community, CPR/ AED training, community education programs, college scholarships and continuing education programs for healthcare professionals.

One example of expanded programming is the Run for Your Heart program, Fong said. The foundation will partner with the Michigan State University Extension’s diabetes prevention program. The first 20 people who sign up will receive a scholarship to Pulse3’s Run for Your Heart program.

Fong said the charity also is expanding the PulsePoint smartphone app to Isabella, Clare and Gratiot counties. The app sends alerts to people trained in CPR when someone in public collapses from cardiac arrest.

Read the full post by The Saginaw News reporter Lindsay Knake on MLive.

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March 10, 2013 | by

Can a new smartphone application being piloted in Michigan save lives?

Blue Cross Blue ShieldFor residents of Saginaw County, the odds of surviving sudden cardiac arrest are starting to get a lot better.

An initiative spearheaded by the Michigan CardioVascular Institute Foundation and Mobile Medical Response has made Saginaw County the pilot for a smartphone application called PulsePoint, the only county in Michigan involved in testing the technology. In fact, this is only the 12th implementation of the application in the country, and the first in the Midwest. The initiative was introduced during MCVI’s Shocks and Saves charity hockey game on Feb. 2, an event sponsored by BCBSM.

The premise behind the app is simple. People trained in basic CPR are encouraged to download the PulsePoint app. When someone goes into cardiac arrest, people who are trained and who are currently near the victim are messaged through the app so that CPR can be administered until the ambulance arrives.

“During cardiac arrest, seconds really do matter. Immediate chest compressions can triple the chances of survival. Waiting for the ambulance is not the answer — it takes a community to combat sudden cardiac arrest,” says Lynn M. Schutter, director of community relations/strategic planning for MMR.

Read the full article by David Lingholm at MI Blues Perspectives.

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February 15, 2013 | by

PulsePoint app notifies trained bystanders of people in need of CPR

Midland Daily News LogoOfficials in Saginaw hope a smartphone app will be able to connect people trained in CPR with those facing sudden cardiac arrest in the community.

The Michigan CardioVascular Institute Foundation and Mobile MedicalResponse recently announced they are offering the PulsePoint app for use in Saginaw County. PulsePoint, designed for both Android and iPhone, uses GPS to notify people with CPR training when an emergency cardiac event is happening near them.

Diane Fong, MCVI Foundation executive director, said the project will be piloted in Saginaw and could some day expand to the rest of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

The idea is simple, Fong said. If someone collapses and isn’t breathing, people would call 911 as usual and an ambulance would be dispatched to the scene. A message would simultaneously sent to PulsePoint, and the phone app would use GPS to notify users within a quarter-mile of the scene that an incident is taking place. The app includes a map showing the location of the victim and the nearest automated external defibrillator, or AED. A person using the app could locate the person in need, begin CPR and deploy the AED before the ambulance arrives.

“If you can start CPR immediately, you can double or triple the chance of survival,” Fong said.

Read the full article by Tony Lascari at the Midland Daily News.

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February 2, 2013 | by

Saginaw to launch PulsePoint smartphone app, alert bystanders to assist with CPR

MCVI Foundation LogoSAGINAW, MI — It’s going to be easier to save a life in Saginaw.

And yes, there is an app for that.

The smart phone application is PulsePoint, and the Michigan CardioVascular Institute Foundation and Mobile Medical Response are launching it at the sixth annual MCVI Foundation Shocks & Saves charity hockey game, at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 2, prior to the Saginaw Spirit game.

“We’re trying to increase bystander care while ambulance is on the way and reduce the number of people who die from cardiac arrest,” said MCVI Foundation Executive Director Diane Fong.

The free phone application is available for download from the Apple store and Google Play for Android phones.

If someone is out shopping and collapses from cardiac arrest the PulsePoint app would sent out an alert to trained CPR responders who are in the area as soon as the ambulance is dispatched, Fong said.

Cardiac arrest kills about 1,000 people per day across the country. There is a survival rate of about 8 percent, but a victim who receives immediate CPR sees their survival rates triple.

Of people who go into cardiac arrest in public places, 32 percent receive from bystanders, Fong said.

PulsePoint only shows cardiac arrests in public places, she said. The app also would show the location nearby AEDs.

So far, Fong said, the app will show 200 known AEDs in the county, and she encourages people to contact her to add locations of more of the devices.

“It stands to reason that if we can provide more immediate CPR and more immediate defibrillation, see those numbers decrease,” Fong said.

Read the full article by Lindsay Knake, at Michigan Live.

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January 30, 2013 | by

Michigan CardioVascular Institute (MCVI) Foundation and Mobile Medical Response (MMR) Collaborate on New APProach to Saving Lives

Michigan CardioVascular Institute Foundation – Saginaw, Michigan(SAGINAW) – As part of the MCVI Foundation’s Shocks & Saves initiative, the Foundation and MMR have teamed up to release a life-saving smartphone app called PulsePoint at their upcoming Shocks & Saves Charity Hockey Game on Saturday, February 2, 4:30 p.m., at the Dow Event Center.

The free app, designed for both Android and iPhone, uses GPS to notify people with CPR training when an emergency cardiac event is happening near them.

Initially being piloted in Saginaw County, PulsePoint works in conjunction with MMR’s Medical Communications Center to create a community CPR/AED alert system

Here’s an example of how it works:

Someone at Best Buy collapses and isn’t breathing. A cashier calls 911. While an ambulance is dispatched to the scene, the message is simultaneously sent to PulsePoint. The app uses GPS to notify users within a quarter-mile of the scene.

A shopper at nearby Guitar Center is a PulsePoint user and receives a text alert that CPR is needed at Best Buy. The app includes a map showing the location of the victim and the nearest AED. The Guitar Center shopper can proceed to Best Buy, begin CPR, and deploy the automated external defibrillator (AED) before the ambulance arrives, significantly increasing the victim’s chances of survival.

The purpose of the app is to empower ordinary citizens, who are willing and trained, to become bystander rescuers.

“Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack,” says Diane Fong, MCVI Foundation executive director. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, causing the heart to suddenly stop beating. Cardiac arrest can be reversed if CPR is performed or a defibrillator is used quickly to shock the heart back to a normal rhythm. “Minutes – even seconds – are precious,” Fong explains.

By providing CPR immediately after sudden cardiac arrest – while the ambulance is on the way – bystanders can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival of a teammate, nearby shopper, congregation member, fellow diner, spectator, neighbor, or loved one. “We know so many stories of ordinary people being in the right place at the right time to save a life. Obviously, the survivors are grateful. But the rescuers are truly moved by the opportunity to make a difference, pay it forward, and save a life.”

MCVI Foundation and MMR have teamed up for their annual Shocks & Saves Charity Hockey Game for six years now, explains Lynn Schutter, MMR director of community relations and strategic planning. “We’re extending the Shocks & Saves brand beyond hockey to include our year-round efforts to empower people to save lives. There are many people out there who are willing and able to perform CPR, and when available, use AEDs to improve survivability of sudden cardiac arrest victims.”

Part of the program includes free CPR training for chest-only compressions and AED use. Both MMR and MCVI Foundation offer several opportunities for free non-certified CPR training throughout the year. To kickoff the Shocks & Saves initiative, the first training blitz will be on Saturday, February 16, at Freeland Sports Zone at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon. Each class lasts just an hour.

Tickets to this year’s hockey game, which features local physicians, EMTs, and NHL celebrities, cost $12 and include admission into that evening’s Saginaw Spirit game. All proceeds will go to fund the PulsePoint phone app, to purchase and place AEDs throughout the region, to offer CPR training at schools, and to educate the public about heart disease.

For more information, visit www.shocksandsaves.org or to donate text the key word SHOCKS to 56512.

Contacts
Diane Fong
President/CEO, MCVI Foundation
(989) 754-3319 or (989) 293-2217

Lynn Schutter
Community Relations Director, MMR
(989) 907-2013 or (989) 798-2115

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