September 20, 2018 | by

PulsePoint Welcomes Thomas C. Jenkins to Advisory Board

Rogers, Arkansas Fire Chief and IAFC Past President, Joins PulsePoint Foundation Advisory Board

PLEASANTON, Calif., September 14, 2018 – The PulsePoint Foundation, a pioneer of location-aware mobile apps that empower off-duty professionals and everyday citizens to provide life‐saving assistance to victims of cardiac arrest, announced today the appointment of Thomas C. Jenkins to the Foundation’s Advisory Board. Jenkins will advise the board, staff and member agencies, guide policy and partnership opportunities, and help inform future product development.

“We are delighted to have such an outstanding individual joining our board,” said Matthew Stamey, PulsePoint Foundation board chairman. “I’m confident that Chief Jenkins will make significant contributions to our organization. He is a valuable addition to our team filling an important industry role that has been served by Fire Chief Jack Parow since our inception in 2011.”

Chief Jenkins has been the Fire Chief for the Rogers Fire Department in Arkansas since 2009 and is the most recent past-president and chairman of the board for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IACF), where he is still an active member. Chief Jenkins holds a bachelor’s degree in fire protection and safety engineering from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma.

Chief Jenkins is a 2006 graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He is also recognized by the Commission on Professional Credentialing as a Chief Fire and Chief EMS Officer. Chief Jenkins has served on the Industrial Advisory Board for Oklahoma State University’s Fire Protection and Safety Program and also serves as an adjunct professor for both Oklahoma State University and Northwest Arkansas Community College.

Chief Jenkins has long been a supporter of the PulsePoint Foundation and under his guidance, Rogers Fire Department became the first agency to implement PulsePoint Respond in the state and subsequently has been the only agency in the country to implement PulsePoint Respond, PulsePoint AED, PulsePoint Verified Responder for sworn staff and NFORS for fire analytics. As a result of his leadership, PulsePoint president and founder, Richard Price, presented Chief Jenkins with the PulsePoint 2018 System of Excellence Award at this year’s Fire Rescue International conference sponsored by the IAFC.

“As a long-time supporter of the PulsePoint mission, I’m excited to formally join the team as they continue to develop technologies that not only empower everyday citizens, but also positively impact and serve our first responders,” said Jenkins. “I look forward to serving on the PulsePoint Foundation advisory board as their role as an innovative and life-saving organization continues.”

Targeted toward off-duty professionals and citizens trained in CPR, the PulsePoint app alerts users when a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs in a nearby public place, directs them to the patient location and provides CPR guidance while advanced care travels to the scene. The app also notifies users of the closest available Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Early application of bystander CPR and rapid defibrillation from an AED have proven to be crucial in improving a person’s chance of surviving SCA. PulsePoint is not limited to emergency responders or those with official CPR certification. It can be used by anyone who has been trained in CPR.

“It is truly an honor to add Chief Jenkins to our team,” said Richard Price, President of the 501(c)(3) non-profit PulsePoint Foundation. “He’s become a leader in the industry by embracing and utilizing technology and analytics to improve efficiencies and increase citizen engagement. His expertise will be an invaluable addition to our board as we continue to explore ways to harness technology to assist communities and their emergency responders.”

Chief Jenkins joins the team as PulsePoint continues to build its installed user base, which has rapidly grown to more than 3,300 communities in 42 states with more than 1.4 million users.

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PulsePoint Respond July 2018 Update

Below are end user community version update notes for iOS v3.24 and Android v2.4. Agency administrators should refer to the full update letter.

Notifications
Seven new community notification types are available in this release. We are also introducing the concept of notification groups. A notification group is a collection of related incident types, such as Utility Emergency, which will notify on wires down, sheared hydrant, gas leaks, etc. See Notification Changes below for detailed information.

Time Zone Display
If you are in a different time zone, the actual incident time where the event occurred is now shown below local time.

 

NOTIFICATION CHANGES

Changes to existing notification types

Vehicle Accident/Fire Group (label changed from Vehicle Accident)
Traffic Collision
Vehicle Fire

Expanded Vehicle Accident Group
Expanded Traffic Collision
Traffic Collision Involving Train
Railroad/Train Emergency
Traffic Collision Involving Structure

New notification types

Aircraft Emergency Group
Aircraft Emergency
Aircraft Emergency Standby
Aircraft Crash
Landing Zone

Rescue, all types Group
Rescue
Cliff Rescue
Confined Space
Rope Rescue
Technical Rescue
Trench Rescue
Water Rescue
Animal Rescue
Elevator Rescue
Urban Search and Rescue
Vessel Sinking

Utility Emergency Group
Gas Main
Electrical Emergency
Water Emergency
Wires Arcing
Wires Down
Sheared Hydrant
Pole Fire
Pipeline Emergency
Transformer Explosion

Natural Disaster Group
Flood Warning
Tornado Warning
Tsunami Warning
Earthquake

Flooding

 

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May 24, 2018 | by

Volunteer Firefighter Saves Texas Man in Cardiac Arrest

PulsePoint app notifies local volunteer firefighter of cardiac arrest at local store

Cookeville, TENN – As Waldo Vasquez was walking into the Wal-Mart Supercenter last month, he never dreamed of how his visit would turn out. At the same time, a Texas man who was shopping in the store, stopped breathing. As he collapsed into his wife’s arms, she remembered the feeling of helplessness. “I have never felt so helpless. I remember holding him and watching him die. It was the worst feeling, not knowing what to do. Then, it was like Waldo (Vasquez) came out of nowhere and just took over. I was so grateful for him in that moment.” she recounted.

Vasquez, who was headed into the store to shop, was walking through the parking lot when he was first notified. “I was walking in and my phone started making noise. It was PulsePoint telling me that CPR was needed nearby, in the Wal-Mart Pharmacy,” Vasquez remembered. As Vasquez, a Putnam County Fire Department volunteer firefighter hurried to the Pharmacy side of the store, he saw the commotion. “I went over and could hear his wife screaming that he was having a heart attack. I got down on the floor and started talking to him while I checked his breathing and pulse. He was unconscious but tried to squeeze my hand at first,” Vasquez continued.

As Vasquez continued to assess the patient, he felt his pulse fade away, so he immediately started CPR. “I felt his pulse fade away to nothing, so I started CPR and told someone to call 911 back and tell them CPR was in-progress. I had just done CPR training for the fire department, but I never thought I would use it while I was out shopping,” Vasquez explained.

The Texas man was cared for by Putnam County EMS and Cookeville Fire Department paramedics on the scene, where they regained a pulse after shocking him with the ambulance’s defibrillator. What responders didn’t know at the time was that the man was headed to East Tennessee to go camping with his wife and had been complaining of chest pain off and on throughout the day. He was transported to Cookeville Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and had 2 stints placed to correct the blockages in his heart.

“I am so thankful for Waldo, my angel sent from God, and for the PulsePoint App. This app notified him I needed help, and there is no doubt in my mind that the combination of the two saved my life. I wouldn’t be here today if PulsePoint hadn’t notified Waldo I needed him. He knew exactly what to do and saved my life!” the Texas man proclaimed.

Putnam County Fire Chief Tom Brown praised Vasquez for his work. “Our members are dedicated to the citizens and visitors of Putnam County, whether they’re on official fire department business or going through their daily lives. Waldo did exactly what he was trained to do, without hesitation. He is a fine example of what we expect of our volunteers, and we are thankful for him.”

PulsePoint is a smartphone app purchased in cooperation among Putnam County 911, the Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation, Tennessee Heart, and the Mended Hearts Cookeville Chapter. The app runs in the background of the user’s phone and notifies CPR-trained citizens of an possible CPR event nearby that may need their skills. The app only notifies citizens of events occurring at a public location.

PulsePoint was launched in Putnam County in February. Officials are excited that only two months after launch, the app already paid off. “We were so happy to learn of the outcome for this visitor to our county, and we’re especially proud of Firefighter Vasquez for his incredible work. We are very fortunate in Putnam County to have men and women who volunteer to make our community safer,” stated Mike Thompson, Putnam County 911 Director.

Each year approximately 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside hospitals. One of the first proven keys to survival is early CPR, by trained citizens, providing crucial care in the initial minutes following cardiac arrest. To learn more about PulsePoint, or to get involved and download the app, visit www.putnamcountytn.gov and click on 911 Center for more information.

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
Brandon Smith, Asst. Director, PIO
bsmith@putnamcountytn.gov
(931) 525-2110

Source: Putnam County Press Release

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IAFC Recommends Use of Mobile Technology to Activate Citizens and First Responders to Improve Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates

CHANTILLY, Va. (May 22, 2018) —The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) supports the use of mobile technology for citizen response in conjunction with community cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) programs. In a Position Statement adopted May 9, the IAFC Board of Directors cited the PulsePoint mobile phone application (app) as a unique solution to increase survival from sudden cardiac arrest by bridging the gap between a cardiac arrest event and arrival of medical assistance.

According to the Position Statement, “Applications such as PulsePoint offer a unique way to involve the citizens in a local jurisdiction to not only become aware of when others need life or death assistance, but also provide them an avenue to render aid. This not only reflects well on the fire department but provides the community with a sense of ownership in the program.”

“Sudden cardiac arrest is not only a concern for emergency responders, but a community-wide challenge that requires a community-wide response,” said Fire Chief Thomas Jenkins, IAFC president and chairman of the board. “As I’ve experienced in my own city, PulsePoint not only involves our residents in critical time-sensitive medical emergencies, but also strengthens bonds in our community and creates opportunity for positive interaction with our emergency responders.”

When implementing a technology-based program to activate citizen response, the IAFC Position Statement recommends that fire departments consider the following four issues: 1) activating citizen responders with PulsePoint 2) adopting the professional version of the app, Verified Responder, to engage in private residence activations 3) utilizing PulsePoint AED to build a comprehensive AED registry and 4) positioning PulsePoint as a way to provide transparent, real-time communication with citizens that increases familiarity with the app and connectivity with their emergency responders.

PulsePoint is a free app for citizens that matches victims in cardiac arrest with nearby CPR-trained individuals. Along with the location of the victim, the app also provides the location of the nearest AED. PulsePoint notifications are driven by the local jurisdiction’s computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system, the same system used to dispatch emergency responders. If a 9-1-1 call from a public location leads a dispatcher to believe that a cardiac arrest event has occurred, both emergency responders and citizen responders are notified simultaneously.

“By directly alerting those who are qualified and nearby, maybe in the business next door or on the floor above, PulsePoint is uniquely positioned to put the right people in the right place at the right time,” said Richard Price, president of the PulsePoint Foundation. “With more than 3,000 cities now connected to PulsePoint and with well over one million app users, support and guidance from the IAFC is truly valued by our organization.”

Read the full IAFC Position Statement and supporting white paper.

Each year, approximately 350,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital setting in the United States. Nearly 90 percent of these patients die. With each passing minute without cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the chance of survival decreases by seven to ten percent. Participation by the general public prior to arrival of fire and emergency services is essential to increasing the patient’s chance of survival.

About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. IAFC members are the world’s leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.

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
Jim Philipps
jphilipps@iafc.org
(703) 537-4829

Shannon Smith
shannon@pulsepoint.org
(773) 339-7513

Source: IAFC Press Release

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Citizen CPR Foundation and PulsePoint Award $20,000 Grant to Sonoma County EMS/Save Lives Sonoma

Sonoma County EMS will receive PulsePoint Respond, a mobile app and 9-1-1 dispatch integration, which aims to improve sudden cardiac arrest survival through increased citizen awareness of cardiac arrest events

NEW ORLEANS (December 12, 2017)— It is with a shared vision, to save lives from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) by stimulating effective community, professional and citizen action, that the PulsePoint Foundation and the Citizen CPR Foundation announce Sonoma County EMS/Save Lives Sonoma as the inaugural winner of the 2017 PulsePoint Grant Competition. The announcement was made at the 2017 Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) Conference in New Orleans.

Three finalists were selected in advance of the ECCU Conference and invited to present their entries during the plenary session entitled: Innovation and Resuscitation – Leveraging Digital Strategies to Improve Survival Rates from SCA. A panel of three expert judges, Drs. Thomas Rea, Mohamud Daya and Tom Aufderheide, interacted with finalists on stage, reviewing the merits of their entries before awarding Sonoma County EMS with the grant for demonstrating a commitment to improving care and outcomes consistent with the mission of the Citizen CPR Foundation. The grant includes a complete PulsePoint Respond implementation, including first year costs, valued at more than $20,000.

The award-winning PulsePoint mobile app, now in more than 2,800 communities nationwide, alerts CPR-trained citizens of cardiac events in their vicinity through a free-to-download mobile app, so they may administer aid while professional responders are in route. The app also informs responders and emergency dispatchers of nearby public Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). Early application of bystander CPR and rapid defibrillation from an AED have proven to be crucial in improving a person’s chance of surviving SCA. PulsePoint is not limited to emergency responders or those with official CPR certification. It can be used by anyone who has been trained in CPR.

“Sonoma County EMS, through the leadership of the Save Lives Sonoma collaborative, has shown a commitment to strengthening the chain of survival and improving cardiac arrest outcomes throughout the county and beyond,” said Richard Price, President of the California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit PulsePoint Foundation. “With broad community support and a track record of successful program implementation we believe PulsePoint Respond is a thoughtful and well-deserved addition to this Heartsafe Community.”

“We are committed to stimulate citizens to take ACTION to combat the #1 killer in their community”, said Dr. Vinay Nadkarni, President of the Citizen CPR Foundation. “This competition and the action of these communities is saving lives and creating citizen life-savers!”

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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, 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.

About the Citizen CPR Foundation
The Citizen CPR Foundation (CCPRF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to save lives from sudden cardiac arrest by stimulating effective community, professional and citizen action. The core values for the Citizen CPR Foundation are that CPR saves lives; that Collaboration among citizens, professionals, communities, and organizations is key to survival from sudden cardiac arrest; and that action based on best practices in science, education, and implementation, improves outcomes. CCPRF serves as the home and planning host for the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) conference held every 2 years. Learn more at citizencpr.org.

ECCU 2017
The Emergency Cardiovascular Update Conference (ECCU) is the only conference of its kind tailored to meet the educational needs of CPR Instructors and training agencies, paramedics, EMTs, nurses, physicians, researchers, managers, cardiac arrest survivors, and community champions.

It provides a dynamic forum for exchange of information, ideas, innovations, developments, and trends aimed at advancing the implementation of citizen CPR and ECC training. ECCU 2017 is taking place in New Orleans, December 5-8, 2017. The conference is presented by the Citizen CPR Foundation with its founding partners the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada. Learn more at eccu2017.com.

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Media Contacts
Shannon Smith
shannon@pulsepoint.org
(773) 339-7513

Monica Evans-Lombe
mevanslombe@wellingtonexperience.com
(913) 402-1881 x176

Source: CCPRF PulsePoint Press Release (PDF)

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November 27, 2017 | by

PulsePoint AED login via social media account not supported in iOS 11

New users of PulsePoint AED will no longer be able to use Facebook or Twitter accounts to sign in to the app due to new restrictions in iOS 11. Social accounts have been removed from Settings in iOS 11 and third-party apps no longer have access to those signed-in accounts.

New users running iOS 11 must now create a login using the email/password option.

Existing users that previously selected their Facebook or Twitter account to log in are not currently affected by this change.

Learn more in this article on Axios.

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October 26, 2017 | by

The PulsePoint Foundation and CTIA Wireless Foundation Bring Lifesaving Technology to
 Washington D.C. via 9-1-1 Integrated Mobile App

The PulsePoint Respond app empowers CPR-trained citizens and off-duty professionals to provide critical assistance to cardiac arrest victims

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 26, 2017 – Today, the PulsePoint Foundation, with support from CTIA Wireless Foundation, launched life-saving mobile technology to the nation’s capital via the PulsePoint Respond app. Making the announcement, Mayor Muriel Bowser was joined by Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department Chief Gregory Dean, Director of Unified Communications Karima Holmes, and CTIA Wireless Foundation Secretary Jamie Hastings. The event highlighted the benefits of PulsePoint, a smartphone app that alerts CPR-trained citizens to cardiac events in their vicinity so they may administer aid.

PulsePoint also provides users with an active display of all AEDs in the District. Citizens can use the separate PulsePoint AED app to report and update AED locations so that emergency responders, including nearby citizens trained in CPR and off-duty professionals such as firefighters, police officers and nurses can find an AED close to them when a cardiac emergency occurs.

“By directly alerting those who are qualified and nearby, maybe in the business next door or on the floor above, PulsePoint is able to put the right people in the right place at the right time,” said Richard Price, President of the California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit PulsePoint Foundation.

“Wireless saves lives each and every day,” said Hastings. “Washington, D.C. is home for CTIA Wireless Foundation, and it is truly special to be able to help bring the life-saving technology of PulsePoint to our nation’s capital.”

Early application of bystander CPR and rapid defibrillation from an AED have proven to be crucial in improving a person’s chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). PulsePoint is not limited to emergency responders or those with formal CPR certification. It can be used by anyone who has been trained in CPR.

The latest AHA guidelines, published in Circulation, state that such community programs could increase bystander CPR to the roughly 326,000 cardiac arrests that happen outside the hospital each year. Currently, only about one-third of SCA victims receive bystander CPR with national survival rates less than 8 percent. However, effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after SCA, can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival.

The free PulsePoint app is available for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store and Google Play.

Contacts
Shannon Smith
PulsePoint Foundation
773.339.7513
shannon@pulsepoint.org

Jilane Rodgers Petrie
CTIA Wireless Foundation
202.736.3245
jrpetrie@ctia.org

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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, empowering them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).  Deployment of the PulsePoint app can significantly strengthen the “chain of survival” by improving bystander response to cardiac arrest victims and increasing the chance that lifesaving steps will be taken prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS).  PulsePoint is built and maintained by volunteer engineers at Workday and distributed by our marketing and implementation partner Physio-Control, Inc.  CTIA Wireless Foundation is a key sponsor and advocate of PulsePoint, providing industry and financial support. 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.

About CTIA Wireless Foundation
CTIA Wireless Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to developing and supporting initiatives that use wireless technology to enhance American communities. Its innovative programs leverage mobile technology to provide consumer benefits in two key areas: health and safety. The Foundation was formed by CTIA® member companies in 1991.  Learn more at www.wirelessfoundation.org.

About Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Although a heart attack can lead to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the two are not the same. SCA is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly, whereas a heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked, but the heart continues to beat.  Each year, more than 326,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur, making it the leading cause of death in the United States.  Survival rates nationally for SCA are less than eight percent, but delivery of CPR can sustain life until paramedics arrive by maintaining vital blood flow to the heart and brain.  However, only about a third of SCA victims receive bystander CPR.  Without CPR, brain damage or death can occur in minutes. The average EMS response time is nine minutes, even in urban settings; after 10 minutes there is little chance of successful resuscitation. The American Heart Association estimates that effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after SCA, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

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Source: CTIA Press Release

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September 26, 2017 | by

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

Madison, WI – A new pilot program will allow off-duty City of Madison firefighters and paramedics to provide life-saving care when someone experiences a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in their home.

Madison only fourth city nationally to participate

The PulsePoint Verified Responder Pilot Program launches in Madison through a partnership of the PulsePoint Foundation, Madison Fire Department, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 311, and automated external defibrillator (AED) manufacturer Philips.

“With Verified Responder, we now have the new opportunity to send off-duty professional firefighters and paramedics from the Madison Fire Department into a home or private location in response to a cardiac arrest in the City of Madison,” explained City of Madison Fire Chief Steven Davis. “We are honored to be the fourth site in the country selected for the Verified Responder program, which will dramatically broaden our impact to save lives.”

In February 2015, the smart phone app PulsePoint was launched in Madison and Dane County to improve cardiac arrest survival rates by notifying CPR-trained citizen volunteers when someone is experiencing a cardiac arrest in a nearby public location. But nearly 74 percent of cardiac arrests in Madison occur at home, which is why the addition of Verified Responder is so important.

The Verified Responder Pilot Program utilizes the PulsePoint app and alerts trained responders of a SCA in private locations. In addition, Philips is providing an AED for use by every participating firefighter and paramedic so that if they respond, they can employ the same technology that is used by emergency medical responders and physicians when a heart has stopped beating. Participants from the Madison Fire Department are certified emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or paramedics who receive background checks as part of employment as sworn public safety personnel.

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More than 350,000 Americans each year suffer 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. “Studies have shown time and time again that the two major determinates of survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest are immediate bystander chest compressions and prompt defibrillation,” said City of Madison Fire Department Medical Director Michael Lohmeier. “This program significantly increases the opportunity and access to both of those life-saving interventions, and therefore has the opportunity to positively impact survival rates in the City of Madison. We are excited to see these results become a reality.”

The effort will gather important data from the City of Madison’s pilot program, and will 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 assist with programmatic evaluation for potential expansion to additional communities. The pilot program runs through December 2018.

“Our firefighters feel a great responsibility to the community that we serve, and we are excited to now be able to make our members available to those suffering from cardiac arrest, both on-duty and now off-duty as well, 24-hours a day,” said Mahlon Mitchell, President of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 311. “We look forward to utilizing the Verified Responder program and are hopeful that we can make a significant impact to those in need of help.”

Access to the PulsePoint app has been funded by the UnityPoint Health-Meriter Foundation since its launch in Madison and Dane County in 2015. There are 26,000 PulsePoint users locally. The app is now in more than 2,500 communities in 35 states with more than 1,000,000 users nationwide.

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
Cynthia Schuster (Public Information Officer), (608) 261-5539, cschuster@cityofmadison.com

Source: City of Madison Press Release

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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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August 23, 2017 | by

Lifesaving PulsePoint app now available 
in Kansas City region

Local city, county, fire department and emergency medical services leaders have joined forces to bring the lifesaving PulsePoint app to the Kansas City region. The free mobile app alerts citizens trained in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when someone in a nearby public place suffers sudden cardiac arrest. Public safety communications centers send alerts through the app at the same time they dispatch first responders to the scene. The app also notifies users of the closest available automated external defibrillator (AED).

“Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, affecting more than 350,000 people each year,” said Chief John Paul Jones of the Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department. “This cutting-edge technology can save lives by alerting people who can start CPR before an ambulance arrives. With sudden cardiac arrest, seconds count.”

The Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs’ Council and Mid-America Regional Council Emergency Rescue committee (commonly known as MARCER) were instrumental in bringing PulsePoint to the Kansas City region. “It was important to us for this to be a regional effort,” said Richard Carrizzo, president of Heart of America Fire Chiefs and fire chief for the Southern Platte Fire Protection District.

The app is now available through three agencies that dispatch emergency medical services in all or part of six counties in the metro:

  • The Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department dispatches for all of the city of Kansas City, Missouri (including portions of Platte, Clay and Jackson counties) as well as the Southern Platte Fire Protection District, Central Jackson County Fire Department, and the cities of Raytown, Grandview, North Kansas City and Claycomo.
  • The Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department dispatches emergency medical services for all of Wyandotte County, Kansas.
  • The Johnson County Emergency Communications Center dispatches for all of Johnson County and part of Miami County in Kansas.

“Combined, these areas have a population of over 1.3 million. This is the largest regional effort to simultaneously implement Pulse Point in the nation,”  said Carrizzo. Additional cities and counties in the region may join later.

The American Heart Association estimates that effective hands-only CPR provided immediately after a cardiac emergency can double or triple a person’s chance of survival, but only 46 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims received bystander CPR in 2016. Even fewer receive a potentially lifesaving therapeutic shock from a public access AED.

“When sudden cardiac arrest strikes, each minute without CPR reduces the chance of survival by 7-10 percent, so early bystander CPR and rapid defibrillation from an AED can be crucial,” said Chief Paul Berardi of the Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department. “I encourage every resident who has CPR training to download the app and support our region’s first responders in saving lives.”

Anyone with a smartphone can download the free PulsePoint Respond app through the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Once the app is installed, select the agency serving the area where you live or work to receive alerts. Users may follow more than one agency. PulsePoint is currently active in more than 2,500 cities across the country.

“The regional implementation of PulsePoint is a great example of the bistate cooperation we have among emergency services agencies in Greater Kansas City,” said Hannes Zacharias, county manager for Johnson County, Kansas, and co-chair of the Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee. “We’re pleased to be able to offer this great service across the metro.”

Outreach for the PulsePoint rollout in the Kansas City region is funded in part by the CTIA Wireless Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to developing and supporting initiatives that use wireless technology to help American communities. “The PulsePoint app is a perfect example of how wireless technology can be used to help save lives,” said CTIA Wireless Foundation Executive Director Athena Polydorou. “The Kansas City region has long been a pioneer in smart city technology, and we are so proud to play a role in making its citizens PulsePoint connected.”

For more information, visit www.marc.org/pulsepoint or www.pulsepoint.org.

About Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Association (HOAFC): HOAFC represents more than 70 fire departments in the Greater Kansas City region. The association is governed by a Board of Directors and led by a President and Vice-President (one from Missouri and one from Kansas) and a Treasurer. HOAFC collaborates with the Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee and its subcommittees and partners to implement fire-service related initiatives in the region, including hazardous materials and heavy rescue planning, training and response.

About the PulsePoint Foundation: Through the use of location-aware mobile devices, PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation 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.

About the CTIA Wireless Foundation:  Since 2014, the CTIA Wireless Foundation has been a key sponsor of PulsePoint working to deploy the app in communities across the country. PulsePoint is currently active in over 2,500 cities in 28 states.

 

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Contacts
Eric Winebrenner, Public Safety Communications Director, Mid-America Regional Council, ewinebrenner@marc.org, 816-701-8211 (office) or 816-719-8346 (cell)
Barbara Hensley, Public Affairs Director, Mid-America Regional Council, bhensley@marc.org, 816-701-8219 (office) or 816-835-8502 (cell)

Source: MARC News Release

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