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August 23, 2014 | by

Collier County Sheriff’s Office looks to integrate CPR app with 911 system

COLLIER COUNTY, FL – Thanks to a communication technology upgrade at the sheriff’s office, Collier County residents can soon find out where victims are in need of CPR almost as soon as someone calls 911.

The city plans to integrate a mobile app called Pulse Point into its computer-aided dispatch system as part of a technology upgrade.

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“The app typically displays all emergency activity in the jurisdiction, but alerts CPR-trained citizen and off-duty professional to nearby cardiac arrest [where CPR and AEDs are needed],” said president of the Pulse Point Foundation Richard Price.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office says they are still working out pricing with the company; along with if the call taker or dispatcher will send the information to the app. Pulse Point is only activated for emergencies in public places. It could save lives.

“The leading cause of death in adults in the United States, there are about 1.2 million heart attacks each year,” said chief of Collier County Emergency Medical Services Walter Kopka,

Kopka says heart attacks lead to more deaths than car crashes. He claims having someone there to jumpstart CPR could be a huge help.

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“If all they do is push on their chest until professional rescuers arrive they’ll be pushing oxygen up to the brain. And that’s exactly what we want done, prior to our arrival. Keeping the brain alive,” said Kopka.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is working out the details to sync it up with its 911 system.

A PSA from the company show’s how it works: http://vimeo.com/77306721

All people would need to do is download the app and sign up to get alerts in their area. Then alerts will show up on their screen.

Other cities like Orlando are already using Pulse Point.

View the full story by Sophie Nielsen-Kolding at NBC-2 Florida.

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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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August 5, 2013 | by

New Arvada Fire Channel app launched by Arvada Fire could save a life

ARVADA – Arvada Fire launched the PulsePoint application on the Arvada Fire Channel, which could potentially help save lives.

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The free application notifies registered users of a cardiac arrest that has occurred in a public place nearby. PulsePoint puts out a map giving directions to the person, the location of the AEDs in the area, and in the future, it will also provide the radio traffic of the emergency responders.

To sign up for this application, a person has to be willing to do “hands-only” CPR, and the Good Samaritan Law covers anyone who is willing to help.

For iPhone users, PulsePoint can be searched and directly downloaded from the App Store. Android users can find the app under the same name on Google Play.

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November 2, 2011 | by

Have All Your Heart Attacks in San Ramon

NCOC LogoThe headline (above) on the NBC LA blog PropZero caught our eye. The article begins, Here’s a bit of practical advice I recently picked up: Have all your heart attacks in San Ramon. The post is in response to a recent publication from the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) that highlights the PulsePoint App. Read the full article.

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