May 29, 2013 | by

Columbus Division of Fire Uncovers the PulsePoint of Community Heroism

Division of Fire adds Smartphone App that Dispatches and 
Transforms CPR Trained Citizens into First Responders

COC-Logo300pxCOLUMBUS, Ohio – Red light. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon, and Kylie Salvadore waited for the traffic signal to change. Green light. The vehicles ahead of her don’t move. Yellow light. Horns blow and the cars ahead her begin to maneuver around the trucks stopped ahead.

“I noticed a man from the second vehicle walk up to the driver’s side window and reach in,” said Salvadore, a recent Columbus Division of Fire paramedic graduate. “I pulled up and asked if the man needed help. He told me yes.”

“There was something wrong with his friend. I knew I could help,” she continued.

In an instant, Salvadore became the first responder. Fortunately, she was a trained paramedic and cardiac pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instructor.

She began administering CPR until the paramedics arrived on the scene and took over the care. Her quick actions saved his life. Currently, the driver is recovering in the hospital.

How can the average citizen have access to trained CPR personnel within seconds or minutes of a sudden cardiac event? Well, thanks to smartphone technology, anyone certified in CPR can be a potential lifesaving first-responder.

PulsePoint is an app that notifies citizens trained in CPR of a nearby emergency that requires their expertise. Those within a half-mile radius, who have downloaded the app will receive a text message informing them of the incident. A notice appears with the location or address if in a public place. If the event occurs at a private residence, only the street name is displayed.

The app works in conjunction with 911 technologies. This is done in a continued effort to minimize the time between the sudden cardiac arrest events and the start of CPR. The hope is to increase survival rates.

The City of Columbus Division of Fire added the app to its repertoire of services. On May 20, 2013, the app became available to division members.

“We want to encourage all citizens trained in CPR to download the app,” said City of Columbus Division of Fire Chief Gregory A. Paxton. “So, we decided to start in-house first.”
To date, 392 firefighters have downloaded the smartphone app.

“Our ultimate goal is to decrease the amount of time between the initial incident and CPR implementation,” Paxton continued. “It allows trained citizens to bridge the gap until paramedics arrive. Survival of cardiac arrest is all about timing.”

To install the PulsePoint app simply search PulsePoint in the Apple App Store or in Android Apps on Google Play.

Contact
B/C Patrick Ferguson
Public Information Officer
(614) 645-7859

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