January 16, 2014 | by

Lifesaving CPR – there’s an app for that

Bystander CPRThe elderly suburban homeowner had completed several trips up and down an extension ladder while removing debris from the gutters of his house and had driven to a nearby hardware store to buy some needed items. As he entered the store, a sudden pain in his chest caused him to stagger a few steps before he slumped to the floor.

An employee noticed what happened and, seeing that the man didn’t move after collapsing, shouted to the store manager to call 911.

Within seconds, the alarm sounded at the nearest station where firefighter-paramedics were on duty and the crew scrambled to their emergency vehicles to respond. However, because the station was nearly three miles away, it would be several minutes before they would arrive.

But when the alarm sounded at the station, details of the apparent heart attack and where it had occurred triggered a special program linked to a smartphone carried by a businessman who had stopped to get a cup of coffee at a shop only a few yards from the hardware store.

The app on his smart phone told him where the apparent heart attack victim was and that the hardware store had an automated external defibrillator near its service desk.

Trained in CPR and how to use an AED, he rushed to the hardware store and treated the victim until paramedics arrived and took over.

Read the full article by Jim Erickson at Newsmagazine Network.