December 12, 2017 | by

Citizen CPR Foundation and PulsePoint Award $20,000 Grant to Sonoma County EMS/Save Lives Sonoma

Sonoma County EMS will receive PulsePoint Respond, a mobile app and 9-1-1 dispatch integration, which aims to improve sudden cardiac arrest survival through increased citizen awareness of cardiac arrest events

NEW ORLEANS (December 12, 2017)— It is with a shared vision, to save lives from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) by stimulating effective community, professional and citizen action, that the PulsePoint Foundation and the Citizen CPR Foundation announce Sonoma County EMS/Save Lives Sonoma as the inaugural winner of the 2017 PulsePoint Grant Competition. The announcement was made at the 2017 Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) Conference in New Orleans.

Three finalists were selected in advance of the ECCU Conference and invited to present their entries during the plenary session entitled: Innovation and Resuscitation – Leveraging Digital Strategies to Improve Survival Rates from SCA. A panel of three expert judges, Drs. Thomas Rea, Mohamud Daya and Tom Aufderheide, interacted with finalists on stage, reviewing the merits of their entries before awarding Sonoma County EMS with the grant for demonstrating a commitment to improving care and outcomes consistent with the mission of the Citizen CPR Foundation. The grant includes a complete PulsePoint Respond implementation, including first year costs, valued at more than $20,000.

The award-winning PulsePoint mobile app, now in more than 2,800 communities nationwide, alerts CPR-trained citizens of cardiac events in their vicinity through a free-to-download mobile app, so they may administer aid while professional responders are in route. The app also informs responders and emergency dispatchers of nearby public Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). Early application of bystander CPR and rapid defibrillation from an AED have proven to be crucial in improving a person’s chance of surviving SCA. PulsePoint is not limited to emergency responders or those with official CPR certification. It can be used by anyone who has been trained in CPR.

“Sonoma County EMS, through the leadership of the Save Lives Sonoma collaborative, has shown a commitment to strengthening the chain of survival and improving cardiac arrest outcomes throughout the county and beyond,” said Richard Price, President of the California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit PulsePoint Foundation. “With broad community support and a track record of successful program implementation we believe PulsePoint Respond is a thoughtful and well-deserved addition to this Heartsafe Community.”

“We are committed to stimulate citizens to take ACTION to combat the #1 killer in their community”, said Dr. Vinay Nadkarni, President of the Citizen CPR Foundation. “This competition and the action of these communities is saving lives and creating citizen life-savers!”

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About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through the use of location-aware mobile devices, PulsePoint is building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens, empowering them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest. Learn more at pulsepoint.org or join the conversation at Facebook and Twitter. The free app is available for download on iTunes and Google Play.

About the Citizen CPR Foundation
The Citizen CPR Foundation (CCPRF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to save lives from sudden cardiac arrest by stimulating effective community, professional and citizen action. The core values for the Citizen CPR Foundation are that CPR saves lives; that Collaboration among citizens, professionals, communities, and organizations is key to survival from sudden cardiac arrest; and that action based on best practices in science, education, and implementation, improves outcomes. CCPRF serves as the home and planning host for the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) conference held every 2 years. Learn more at citizencpr.org.

ECCU 2017
The Emergency Cardiovascular Update Conference (ECCU) is the only conference of its kind tailored to meet the educational needs of CPR Instructors and training agencies, paramedics, EMTs, nurses, physicians, researchers, managers, cardiac arrest survivors, and community champions.

It provides a dynamic forum for exchange of information, ideas, innovations, developments, and trends aimed at advancing the implementation of citizen CPR and ECC training. ECCU 2017 is taking place in New Orleans, December 5-8, 2017. The conference is presented by the Citizen CPR Foundation with its founding partners the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada. Learn more at eccu2017.com.

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Media Contacts
Shannon Smith
shannon@pulsepoint.org
(773) 339-7513

Monica Evans-Lombe
mevanslombe@wellingtonexperience.com
(913) 402-1881 x176

Source: CCPRF PulsePoint Press Release (PDF)

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February 14, 2017 | by

Pilot Program Leverages Off-Duty Professional Firefighters, Technology and Defibrillators to Save Lives

Each year, approximately 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital setting in the United States. Nearly 90 percent of these events prove fatal, and the chance of survival decreases by ten percent with every passing minute without CPR.*

Though survival rates in the Northwest exceed the national average, a coalition of professional first responders, clinicians, researchers and a leading medical equipment manufacturer aim to make the region the frontrunner in cardiac arrest response and survival.

The PulsePoint Foundation, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, International Association of Firefighters Local 1660 and automatic external defibrillator (AED) manufacturer Philips Healthcare have partnered to launch the Verified Responder Pilot Program that will activate off-duty professional firefighters to respond to cardiac arrest calls in public and private settings. Participating professional firefighters are also certified emergency medical technicians or paramedics who receive background checks in the state of Oregon.

Philips Healthcare is loaning every participating firefighter an AED so that if they respond, they can employ the same technology that is used by emergency medical responders and physicians to restart a heart that has stopped beating. The effort will gather important data from the pilot and combine it with existing technology and clinical insights to inform future lifesaving strategies and products. During the pilot, King County EMS (WA) will be assisting in programmatic evaluation for potential expansion to additional communities. King County currently leads the nation in survival rates for cardiac arrest victims.

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Quotes from participating organizations in Verified Responder Pilot Program:

PulsePoint Foundation
“In the way PulsePoint Respond has engaged citizens to respond to public cardiac arrests, the Verified Responder Pilot Program could fundamentally change how off-duty first responders are utilized during time-critical emergencies occurring in private locations. First responders typically see one-third of personnel on-duty while two-thirds are off-duty. By automatically notifying nearby off-duty professionals when dispatching first responders, the potential to save lives on incidents such as cardiac arrest increases significantly.”

“Firefighters know all too well that their skills are sometimes needed when off-the-clock. In some ways, PulsePoint Verified Responder simply formalizes the ‘always in service’ dedication and full time commitment that comes with the badge. The PulsePoint Foundation salutes the TVF&R firefighters for their leadership in this pilot program and for their strengthened pledge of around-the-clock service to the community.”
– Richard Price, president and founder of the PulsePoint Foundation

Philips Healthcare
“Despite the widespread availability of AEDs today, people are not always aware of them and don’t know how easy they are to use. People may still hesitate to intervene when someone is experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest. We understand that the moments between someone’s heart stopping and when the emergency responders get to the scene are crucial, and we are grateful for the opportunity to be part of this important pilot program. The faster help is able to intervene, the greater opportunity for another life saved.”
-Joe Sovak, General Manager, Emergency Care and Resuscitation, Philips.

King County EMS
“This program has great potential to save lives. If demonstrated effective it will serve as a model for the rest of the nation.”
-Mickey Eisenberg, MD, PhD, Director of Medical QI, King County EMS

“In resuscitation, rescuers are literally snatching life from the jaws of death. This challenge is great and we need to take advantage of innovative ideas if we are to save more lives from cardiac arrest. The Verified Responder program is a remarkable community project – the first of its kind in the US – that brings together the best of public service, technology, and medical care to save lives from cardiac arrest. The program may transform the way we approach this leading cause of death and provide a new and effective strategy for resuscitation.”
-Tom Rea, MD, Medical Program Director, King County EMS

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
“Sudden cardiac arrest remains a major killer in the United States. Although survival has improved in some communities, there is large geographic variation across the country with survival rates ranging from 1% to 20%. Two of the key links in the American Heart Association’s “Chain of Survival” are early CPR and timely defibrillation. The PulsePoint Verified Responder program addresses both of these needs in communities that are trying to improve their survival. TVFR has been actively involved in ways to improve survival from SCA and was the first fire agency to introduce Pulse Point in Oregon. Our line personnel are dedicated to reversing the tragedy of SCA which often strikes its victims without any warning. We are honored to be part of this pilot effort that has the potential to improve survival rates dramatically in the United States.”
-Mohamud Daya, MD, EMS Medical Director for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Washington County

Consolidated Communications Agency (9-1-1)
“Four years ago, we were the first fire department in Oregon to launch PulsePoint’s app for citizen responders. We are humbled to partner with them again as the first agency to pilot the Verified Responder program and hope that it’s the beginning of a national movement. Having lost my own father from sudden cardiac arrest, I am personally and professionally committed to sparing other families from potential heartbreak.”
-Fire Chief Mike Duyck, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.

About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through the use of location aware mobile devices, PulsePoint is building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens, empowering them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Deployment of the PulsePoint app can significantly strengthen the “chain of survival” by improving bystander response to cardiac arrest victims and increasing the chance that lifesaving steps will be taken prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS). PulsePoint is built and maintained by volunteer engineers at Workday and CTIA Wireless Foundation is a key sponsor and advocate of PulsePoint, providing industry and financial support. Learn more at www.pulsepoint.org or join the conversation at Facebook and Twitter. The free app is available for download on iTunes and Google Play.

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Source: Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

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