December 3, 2013 | by

Unique app alerts trained citizens to victim in their area who needs CPR

San Diego BOS Mtg 12/3/2013SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed Tuesday to begin negotiations with the maker of a smartphone app that notifies people with CPR training that someone nearby is suffering sudden cardiac arrest.

County officials said sudden cardiac arrest occurs in outwardly healthy people, and claims nearly 1,000 lives daily throughout the country. It can be treated with early CPR, defibrillation, advanced cardiac life support and mild therapeutic hypothermia, which is most effective when started in three to five minutes

However, emergency response times are often six minutes or longer, Supervisor Ron Roberts said.

“Clearly the faster first responders can get to the victim, the greater the opportunity for saving lives,” Roberts said.

Read the full story by ABC 10News San Diego.

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November 21, 2013 | by

Did you know your smartphone can help save a life?

Press conference at 9:00 am to announce PulsePoint coverage in Clark County, Washington

CRESAVancouver, Wash. – November 22, 2013 – Now your smartphone can help you save a life. A free smartphone app called PulsePoint is now available in Clark County, Washington. PulsePoint enables subscribers who are CPR-trained to be alerted to a cardiac arrest at the same time emergency responders are notified.

Registered users will be notified when a cardiac arrest has occurred in a public place within their vicinity. PulsePoint will give the citizen responder mapping directions, notify them of any automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in at area and provide the radio traffic of the emergency responders.

Early CPR is the key if the victim is to survive. When a person goes into cardiac arrest, their heart, brain and other vital organs no longer receive oxygen. Researchers have found that without early CPR within the first 3 to 5 minutes, victims’ chances of survival are dramatically reduced.

The free PulsePoint app can be found in the Apple App store, or in Android Apps on Google Play. Within the app select Clark County, Washington – CRESA. You only need to be willing to do “Hands-Only” CPR. According to the American Heart Association, Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR in the first minutes of cardiac arrest.

Subscribers can also view active fire and emergency medical incidents and monitor emergency radio traffic.

Businesses, schools and other public sites with an AED are asked to visit CRESA website to see if their AED is listed in the PulsePoint database. Register your AED here.

Play a key role in cardiac arrest victim’s survival – Learn CPR and become a PulsePoint subscriber today.

Media Events and PSA
Media are invited to attend a press conference where the CPR alert for cardiac arrests will officially launch.

What: Press Conference to unveil the PulsePoint smartphone app.
When: Friday, November 22nd at 9:00 am.
Where: Clark County Public Service Center, Rm 679, 1300 Franklin, Vancouver WA.
Activities: CRESA’s PulsePoint PSA unveiled; cardiac arrest survivor speaks on the importance of citizen response and CPR; PulsePoint demonstration

About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its mission is to make it much easier for citizens who are trained in CPR to use their life saving skills to do just that…save lives! Through the use of modern, location-aware mobile devices PulsePoint is building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens and empower them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest. Learn more at www.pulsepoint.org or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/PulsePoint and @PulsePoint.

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View the CRESA/PulsePoint Public Service Announcement

Contact
Doug Smith-Lee
Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency
doug.smith-lee@clark.wa.gov
(360) 737-1911 ext. 3949
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November 14, 2013 | by

CNBC Innovation Cities: The Rise of Health Apps

CNBC Innovation CitiesWhether it’s apps that tell us how far we’ve walked or run, or how many calories are in our meals, today’s technology is helping us keep tabs on how healthy we’ve become – or how much we’ve fallen behind.

One such app, PulsePoint, can be used to help save a life. “PulsePoint is a mobile application that alerts citizens who are CPR-trained of nearby cardiac arrests so they can get CPR started while the crews are still en route,” Richard Price, President of the PulsePoint Foundation, said in a report for CNBC’s Innovation Cities.

Using cloud technology, the app connects with local emergency communication centers of emergency services signed up to the program. When a cardiac arrest takes place in a nearby public space, subscribers in areas covered by the app – which is currently available in over 350 communities across 14 states in the U.S. – are notified with a push notification and an alert tone on their phone, followed by a map showing the precise location of the emergency.

Sudden Cardiac arrests account for roughly 325,000 deaths per year in the U.S. Today, 75,000 people have PulsePoint on their phones, although it is impossible to verify how many users are CPR trained.

A former fire chief in California, the inspiration for the app came to Price in an unusual place. “The original idea came from an incident where I was having lunch in a deli and was surprised by a crew arriving to a cardiac arrest that was happening right next door that I wasn’t aware of,” Price said. “We knew that all that time the crew was traveling to the scene we could have CPR in progress sooner,” he added.

While PulsePoint is helping save lives, motor company Ford has developed technology to help those who suffer from allergies. Ford’s SYNC system, which allows drivers to change radio stations and check the weather with simple voice commands, is now enabling users to stay healthy with the Allergy Alert App, developed by IMS Health.

Watch the video segment by Anmar Frangoul on CNBC.com

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November 11, 2013 | by

Here’s how to save a life

Daniel and Charlette SandersAfter Scott Hansen’s heart gave out last year, strangers used its power to give him another chance at life. When Bill Pelow’s heart stopped in 2011, Daniel Velazquez became his lifeline because of it.

Charlette Sanders isn’t a widow today and her children have a father because she learned the lifesaving technique during an emergency conversation with 911 operator Amy Breitenbach.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, better known as CPR, the only known method of keeping someone alive until medically necessary treatment can be administered, saves tens of thousands of lives in heart-related crises annually in the United States alone.

But as wonderful as that is, it is also true that tens of thousands of other Americans die because CPR isn’t used. The American Heart Association reports that less than one-third of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims — there are about 400,000 each year — receive CPR from a bystander.

David Slattery, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue’s medical director, said studies show that Americans find intervening “very scary” because they’re not medically trained and that fear often paralyzes them.

Considering that cardiac arrest survival falls an estimated 7 percent to 10 percent for every minute without CPR and that it takes an average of four to six minutes across the country for rescue personnel to arrive, the low rate of bystander CPR plays a critical role on outcomes.

Less than 8 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.

Read the full post by Paul Harasim at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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October 8, 2013 | by

The GovLab Living Labs: Experiments in Smarter Governance

GovLab LogoImproving people’s lives by changing how we govern.

Current societal problems demand radical innovation in how we govern. Policy makers around the world are facing increasingly complex and interconnected societal challenges: How can we provide health care for everyone at lower cost; reduce poverty and economic inequality; reduce and prevent obesity; redesign urban environments; fight global warming; combat the threat of terrorism; increase creative flourishing and human well-being and do more in our communities with scarcer resources? Unfortunately, we are trying to address 21st century problems with outdated institutional designs:

  • Technology has lowered the cost and ease of communication, yet we still have an 18th century model of representative democracy where participation is limited to occasional voting and affords few opportunities for people to participate in governing.
  • Technology is enabling diverse experts with different skills and experience to work together, across a distance, yet we still have a 19th century model of centralized and professional bureaucracy.
  • Research demonstrates that people can and will collaborate in purposeful groups on- and off-line, yet we still have a political culture dominated by entrenched parties and deep pockets that treats a talented public as outsiders and impedes collaboration.

In our current model of government, an elite group of elected and appointed leaders is supposed to solve problems without significantly engaging the insights, experience, and brainpower of the public.

We don’t need collaboration because of a shortage of information. We produce every two days more data than we created between the dawn of humanity and today.[i] Rather, we need to engage outside expertise in order to identify relevant, specific and timely information that aligns to decision-making. But citizen engagement hasn’t led to leaders being able to use collective intelligence to govern better.

At the Governance Lab at the Wagner School of Public Service of New York University, we want to explore whether targeting opportunities to participate based on people’s expertise – not their credentials alone but also their wisdom, know-how and experience – might make it possible for institutions to work with citizens more collaboratively to the end of solving real problems, and improving people’s lives.

We are testing and analyzing how mayors and CEOs alike can leverage new tools and techniques to find those with formal training and informal know how. We want to learn how we can engage citizens and community members better who are more likely to contribute their talents in ways that speak to their passions and abilities. Through experimentation with real world institutions we want to identify when and how crowdsourcing wisely, rather than just widely, works and why.

Tapping Intelligence and Expertise: Active Citizenship

A life-saving app called PulsePoint is demonstrating the power of tapping a community’s unique talents. In 350 communities across 14 states, PulsePoint enables local 911 emergency services to notify registered and trained CPR users, which includes off-duty doctors, nurses, EMTs, police, and others, to come to the aid of their neighbors. When someone is having a cardiac arrest, PulsePoint sends out an alert to qualified people in the area: CPR NEEDED. PulsePoint has enabled 6,000 citizen rescuers to come to the aid of victims in cardiac arrest.

Read the full post by Beth Noveck in the GovLab Blog.

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September 30, 2013 | by

Can Smarter City technology measure and improve our quality of life?

Golden Gate BridgeCan information and technology measure and improve the quality of life in cities?

That seems a pretty fundamental question for the Smarter Cities movement to address. There is little point in us expending time and money on the application of technology to city systems unless we can answer it positively. It’s a question that I had the opportunity to explore with technologists and urbanists from around the world last week at the Urban Systems Collaborative meeting in London, on whose blog this article will also appear.

Before thinking about how we might approach such a challenging and complex issue, I’d like to use two examples to support my belief that we will eventually conclude that “yes, information and technology can improve the quality of life in cities.”

The first example, which came to my attention through Colin Harrison, who heads up the Urban Systems Collaborative, concerns public defibrillator devices – equipment that can be used to give an electric shock to the victim of a heart attack to restart their heart. Defibrillators are positioned in many public buildings and spaces. But who knows where they are and how to use them in the event that someone nearby suffers a heart attack?

To answer those questions, many cities now publish open data lists of the locations of publically-accessible Defibrillators. Consequently, SmartPhone apps now exist that can tell you where the nearest one to you is located. As cities begin to integrate these technologies with databases of qualified first-aiders and formal emergency response systems, it becomes more feasible that when someone suffers a heart attack in a public place, a nearby first-aider might be notified of the incidence and of the location of a nearby defibrillator, and be able to respond valuable minutes before the arrival of emergency services. So in this case, information and technology can increase the chancees of heart attack victims recovering.

Read the full story by Rick Robinson at The Urban Technologist.

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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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September 13, 2013 | by

PulsePoint Foundation and Physio-Control Partner to Save Lives

In one of our initial segments from EMS World Expo in Las Vegas, MedicCast host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic was joined by Physio-Control, Inc CEO Brian Webster and PulsePoint Foundation President, Richard Price to talk about their ground breaking partnership to get more CPR trained responders to cardiac arrest patients around the world.

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The novel PulsePoint app alerts CPR-trained citizens by smartphone of SCA (sudden cardiac arrest) emergencies in their proximity and provides the location of the nearest public access AEDs. Deployment of the PulsePoint app can significantly strengthen the “chain of survival” by improving bystander response to SCA victims and increasing the chance that lifesaving steps will be taken prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS) professionals.

Brian and Richard share with Jamie some of the history of the partnership and what will happen moving forward as Physio-Control brings its global marketing efforts to bear on building awareness and usage of the Pulse Point mobile app in communities. We are certainly looking forward to more in the near future as more lives are saved by bystanders using this app to be called to help out.

The PulsePoint smartphone app is available to the public free of charge for Apple iOS and Google Android devices from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Public safety agencies interested in learning more about implementing PulsePoint in their communities should contact their local Physio-Control representative or call 800-442-1142.

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September 12, 2013 | by

New mobile app takes CPR to the next level

Using crowdsourcing to connect trained citizens to cardiac arrest victims

EMS1.com LogoIf you have any experience in EMS, it should be pretty evident that survival from sudden cardiac arrest is wholly dependent on a system of careful steps that are rapidly and reliably implemented. Nowhere is it more crucial than right up front – when the patient collapses. Every minute it takes for professional responders to arrive at the patient’s side translates to the increasing probability that the patient will not survive. Unless the bystander is in the immediate vicinity of the patient – in the same room literally – that cardiac arrest will not receive the benefit of early CPR and defibrillation.

It would make a lot of sense to somehow be able to locate laypersons trained in CPR in the vicinity of a possible cardiac arrest and guide them to the scene. Add to that the ability to locate a nearby AED and you have an infrastructure that gives the patient a fighting chance of survival. Question is, how can that be done?

Well, technology steps in and provides a solution. During the 2013 EMSWorld Convention and Trade Show, Physio-Control announced that they were partnering with the PulsePoint Foundation to speed up implementation of what is essentially a crowdsourcing solution.

PulsePoint is a technology that harnesses the power of smartphones to receive information about a cardiac arrest that has happened within their vicinity through a free mobile app. The information is fed through software that is embedded within that community’s public safety answering point’s (PSAP) communication system, which functions silently in the background as the telecommunicator takes the initial call and dispatches resources. The app also provides potential CPR-trained bystanders with the location of any nearby AEDs.

Read the full story by Art Hsieh at EMS1.

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