June 22, 2013 | by

Heart Attack or Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

In the swirling media coverage of actor James Gandolfini’s sudden death, the terms “sudden cardiac arrest” and “heart attack” were sometimes used as if they are interchangeable.

They’re not.

Sudden cardiac arrest and heart attack are actually two distinct cardiac conditions. Walid Saliba, MD, cardiologist and Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Electrophysiology Lab, explains.

Read the full post by Cleveland Clinic.

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May 20, 2013 | by

PulsePoint App growing in Sioux Falls

Avera Heart HospitalIf you saw a complete stranger having a cardiac arrest would you step in and help? In Sioux Falls the answer is yes. Hundreds of everyday citizens have already downloaded the Pulsepoint App and are just waiting to help save a life. In the KSFY Medical Minute Jake Iversen shows us how the program continues to grow in the Sioux Falls community.

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March 31, 2013 | by

Richard Price Wins EMS 10 Innovation Award for PulsePoint Foundation

The innovative PulsePoint Foundation created a mobile app that connects the CPR trained members of a community with cardiac arrest victims reported to local 911 dispatch centers. The Mobile app can also track and give directions to the nearest AED (automated external defibrillator) to shock the heart back to life. Watch the MedicCast TV interview below with PulsePoint President Richard Price.

MedicCast TV is the video version of shows created for the weekly MedicCast podcast, special interview segments, and video shorts with EMS and Health Related Commentary by Jamie Davis, the Podmedic.

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March 30, 2013 | by

Can a mobile app save lives? Yes it can.

Over the last year I have had the privilege of working with a fair amount of health organizations wishing to enter the digital realm. As a result, I have performed quite a bit of research and literature review on the applicability of social media engagement and mobile technology in the public health field. The opportunities are of course tremendous, and most of the risks can be effectively mitigated through education/training as numerous proactive health organizations have demonstrated to date.

What I wanted to share in this post however, is the single most powerful example of mobile health utility that I have come across in my research to date. This app from the PulsePoint Foundation leverages crowdsourcing, geo-location (GPS), push-messaging, maps and social integration, all for one simple purpose, to save lives. I think every municipal EMS should eventually be integrated into something like this. Enjoy.

From Mike Kujawski’s blog on government, association and non-profit marketing in a Web 2.0 world.

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February 20, 2013 | by

Columbus Fire Officials Hope To Save More Lives With New CPR Phone App

COLUMBUS, Ohio – When a heart stops beating, some central Ohioans could soon know where and when to help.

The Columbus Division of Fire is expected to join a growing number of fire departments with the ability to let people trained in CPR to respond to an emergency scene simply by responding a cell phone alert.

Statistics show if someone doesn’t perform CPR within a few minutes of a heart attack, the chances of survival aren’t good.

The Columbus Division of Fire can respond within four minutes to a call for someone who isn’t breathing.

However, the department said time could be drastically reduced with the introduction of a new cell phone app called PulsePoint.

Those with CPR training are encouraged to sign up.

“If you are shopping at a local grocery store and someone was having a cardiac arrest this app would pop up and tell you,” said Battalion Chief Shawn Koser, who is head of the Columbus Division of Fire’s EMS unit.

The app works in conjunction with the fire department’s 911 dispatch center. When someone calls 911 about a heart attack, the app sends the address to PulsePoint subscribers who may be closer to the victim than paramedics.

“We know that early CPR will save lives,” said David Keseg, the medical director for Columbus Division of Fire.

Keseg led the charge to bring the app to Columbus.

“It would be more likely to save lives if we had this in place,” Keseg said.

Read the full article by WBNS-10TV – Columbus, Ohio.

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February 9, 2013 | by

Contra Costa Fire Districts Launch Life-Saving Mobile App

CCC Fire Agency LogosA new cellphone app launched by fire departments throughout Contra Costa County this week is designed to give everyday citizens a chance to save lives.

The PulsePoint app notifies smartphone users who are trained in CPR and willing to respond to emergencies when someone nearby is suffering a cardiac emergency and may require CPR.

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With the help of the app, trained people in close proximity to a possible cardiac emergency can begin life-saving measures that may stabilize a heart attack victim while waiting for emergency responders to arrive, according to Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Lewis Broschard.

Users of the app can check their phones to see the exact location of a reported cardiac emergency and how far arriving emergency responders are from that location at any given time.

“The deployment of the PulsePoint app is the next step in developing a comprehensive network of life-saving efforts that includes fire department first responders, ambulance transport providers, the placement of publicly accessible AEDs, hospital emergency departments and members of the public who are trained in CPR,” said Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Chief Daryl Louder.

Read the full article by Bay City News at Walnut Creek Patch.

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