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.