September 6, 2017 | by

Off-Duty Professional Firefighters Partner with National Pilot Program to Save Lives

Spokane, Wash – Spokane County is the third of four sites in the United States selected for a pilot program to utilize off-duty professional firefighters in response to cardiac arrest calls in public and private settings.

The PulsePoint Verified Responder Pilot Program is being launched in Spokane through a partnership of the PulsePoint Foundation, Spokane Fire Department, Spokane Valley Fire Department, International Association of Firefighters Locals 29, 876 and 3701, and automated external defibrillator (AED) manufacturer Philips. The first two pilot sites for the Verified Responder program were implemented earlier this year in Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (Oregon) and the City of Sioux Falls (South Dakota). A fourth site in Madison (WI) is set to come online in the coming weeks.

More than 350,000 Americans each year have an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) where the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating; nearly 90 percent are fatal. If treated early with CPR and in some cases defibrillation, the chances of survival can double or even triple.

In February 2014, PulsePoint was launched in the Spokane region to improve cardiac arrest survival rates by notifying CPR-trained citizen volunteers when someone is experiencing a cardiac emergency in a nearby public location. PulsePoint is a smart phone app designed to support public safety agencies in improving cardiac arrest survival rates. The app is now in more than 2500 communities in 35 states with more than 1,000,000 users.

“Since we launched PulsePoint here locally, we’ve grown to more than 22,000 users and hundreds of ‘CPR-needed’ activations with citizen responders,” explained Bryan Collins, Spokane Valley Fire Department Chief. “With Verified Responder, we now have the opportunity to send off-duty professional firefighters into a home or private location in response to a cardiac emergency, which will dramatically broaden our impact to save lives.”

The Verified Responder Pilot Program utilizes the PulsePoint app. In addition, Philips is providing an AED to every participating firefighter 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. Participating professional firefighters are certified emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or paramedics who receive background checks as part of employment.

The effort will gather important data from the Spokane area pilot program and combine it with existing technology and clinical insights to inform future lifesaving strategies and products. During the pilot, King County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Seattle will be assisting with programmatic evaluation for potential expansion to additional communities. The pilot program runs through December 2018.

“We were proud to help introduce PulsePoint to the Spokane region three years ago,” said Brian Schaeffer, Spokane Fire Department Chief, “and we are honored to be the third site in the country selected for the Verified Responder program. We know that nearly 74 percent of cardiac incidents in Spokane County occur in a private home or location. Our off-duty first responders are dedicated to improving survival rates in our community when sudden cardiac arrest strikes in a private or public location.”

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 and off-duty personnel, 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.

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Media Contacts
Melanie Rose, Spokane Valley Fire Department (509) 496-3344
Michele Anderson, Spokane Fire Department (509) 742-0063

Source: Press Release

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June 8, 2017 | by

New Program Combines Off-Duty Professional Firefighters, Technology, and Defibrillators to help Save Lives

Sioux Falls, South Dakota (June 8, 2017): Sioux Falls will be the second site in the United States selected for a pilot program to utilize off-duty professional firefighters in response to cardiac arrest calls in public and private settings.

The Verified Responder Pilot Program is being launched in Sioux Falls through a partnership of the PulsePoint Foundation, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, International Association of Firefighters Local 814, and automated external defibrillator (AED) manufacturer Philips. The first pilot site for the Verified Responder program was implemented earlier this year with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue in Oregon.

More than 350,000 Americans each year have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) where the heart stops beating, and only 12 percent survive, according to the American Heart Association. The chance of survival decreases by ten percent with every passing minute without CPR.

“Although survival rates in the Sioux Falls area are above the national average, our community continues to strive to increase a person’s chance of survival during a sudden cardiac event,” says Brad Goodroad, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Chief. “We know that survival relies on early CPR and early defibrillation.”

The community has already been using PulsePoint Respond, a software application designed to support public safety agencies in improving cardiac arrest survival rates by notifying CPR-trained volunteers if someone nearby in a public location is having a cardiac emergency. Since its introduction five years ago, the PulsePoint application has saved numerous lives in the United States when cardiac arrest happened in public places. However, there were no programs in the United States with the ability to respond to a home or private location prior to or along with emergency responders, and the Verified Responder program allows us to close that gap.

The Verified Responder Pilot Program utilizes the PulsePoint application. In addition, Philips Healthcare has provided AEDs to participating firefighters who can then respond to cardiac emergencies. Participating professional firefighters are certified emergency medical technicians or paramedics who receive background checks as part of employment with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue.

The effort will gather important data from the Sioux Falls pilot for future lifesaving strategies and products. During the pilot, King County Emergency Medical Services in Washington State will assist with programmatic evaluation for potential expansion to additional communities.

“We were proud to introduce PulsePoint to Sioux Falls several years ago,” says Goodroad, “and we are honored to be the second site in the country selected for the Verified Responder program. Sudden cardiac arrest strikes without warning, and our team is dedicated to improving survival rates in our community.”

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Contact
Jeff Helm, Division Chief
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue
605-367-8078

Source: City of Sioux Falls Press Release

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May 24, 2013 | by

Mall Shoppers Get CPR, AED Training

Mall CPRSome professions automatically come with opportunities to physically save lives. Think doctors, nurses, EMTs. That sacred ability is also inherent in welders, bartenders, factory workers and students. Emergency medical professionals in Sioux Falls are reaching out to everyone, equipping people with the basic tools to save lives.

When soon-to-be sixth grader Nicholas Galvin stops by the mall with his mom, he walks out with a lot more than a few shopping bags.

“She had this machine, and I opened it up and she told me how to use it and it was, like, shock pads that you put on to the person and it shocked him,” Galvin says. “And then to hand press, you go like this, and you push down on the chest about two inches.”

Galvin is only eleven years old, but he’s just learned two simple strategies that could help him save a life. It happens on a shopping trip when something unique catches his eye.

“I saw these, like, human half-body people, and I was like, what’s going on?” Galvin says.

“Yeah, they put us up on a stage/platform type of thing, and we have about, I think there’s about nine mannequins out there,” Kelly Grogan with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue says. “And what we’re hoping is that people will come up and just learn how to do hands-only CPR. Then once they just show us that a little bit and demonstrate, then they learn about the AED, the shocker thing, and we talk to them about the Pulsepoint App. So, it’s pretty simple. You don’t have to do very much, but we’re trying to make an awareness. That’s what you need to do.”

Read the full post by Kealey Bultena on South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

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May 20, 2013 | by

PulsePoint App growing in Sioux Falls

Avera Heart HospitalIf you saw a complete stranger having a cardiac arrest would you step in and help? In Sioux Falls the answer is yes. Hundreds of everyday citizens have already downloaded the Pulsepoint App and are just waiting to help save a life. In the KSFY Medical Minute Jake Iversen shows us how the program continues to grow in the Sioux Falls community.

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February 17, 2013 | by

Avera Heart Hospital partners with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue to enhance cardiac arrest survivability

Avera Heart Hospital BannerSioux Falls Fire Rescue (SFFR) and Avera Heart Hospital recently revealed the lifesaving PulsePoint smart phone application. 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).

See the full story on the Avera Heart Hospital website.

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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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December 10, 2012 | by

App Makes Bystanders Key in Cardiac Arrest Survival

Firehouse Magazine LogoCitizens in a growing number of cities around the U.S. are now getting alerted when there’s an opportunity to perform bystander CPR, thanks to the PulsePoint phone app.

The free app, which notifies trained citizens of nearby cardiac emergencies and the location of the nearest AED, was originally developed and tested by the San Ramon Valley (Calif.) Fire Protection District. It works by connecting a participating agency’s dispatch data into the PulsePoint service so that citizen alerts go out simultaneously with the dispatch of local fire and EMS resources. (Citizen alerts only go out for cardiac emergencies in public places, not to private addresses.) The app shows the victim and the nearby AEDs on a map, in context to the recipient of the alert.

The app has had several updates and releases since it first launched.“The app is in a continuous update cycle,” said Price, thanks to time donated by professional developers at Workday, Inc. “We’re working on a major new version right now.”

In February, after the program had been running locally in San Ramon for over a year, the PulsePoint Foundation opened it up to other agencies. It has quickly spread in California and nationally.

“By the end of the month we expect it to be in more than 100 cities,” said San Ramon Valley Fire Chief Richard Price, who is also the president of the PulsePoint foundation.

Read the full article by Heather Caspi at Firehouse.com.

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