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August 22, 2022

San Francisco Launches Use of PulsePoint Mobile App to Help Save Lives

The PulsePoint Respond mobile phone application will increase community awareness of medical emergencies and alert and direct CPR-trained individuals nearby to cardiac arrest victim.

The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management and City officials today announced the launch of PulsePoint, a mobile phone application (PulsePoint app) designed to support public safety agencies increasing cardiac arrest survival rates through improved bystander performance and active resident support.

“Time is of the upmost importance when it comes to helping someone experiencing a cardiac arrest. The PulsePoint app provides this critical element: closing the time gap between when CPR is started,” said San Francisco Fire Department Chief Jeanine Nicholson. “We want anyone willing and able to conduct CPR on someone experiencing cardiac arrest to download the PulsePoint app. This way bystanders and emergency medical first responders can work together to save lives.”

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July 11, 2022

The Western Fire Chiefs Association Introduces It’s Wildland Fire Map to Communities and News Sources, Protecting Lives and Land

As the country prepares for a summer of excessive heat and drought, the Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA) introduces its Fire Map to provide near real-time information about active wildfires.

“The current climate situation is incredibly scary,” said Chief Mark Niemeyer, Board President of the WFCA and Fire Chief of the Boise Fire Department. “The WFCA is providing public access to definitive information around the paths of wildfires so that communities can quickly take action,” said Niemeyer.

The WFCA Fire Map pulls data from the US Forest Service via the National Interagency Fire Center IRWIN feed, and 911 Dispatch data via PulsePoint to track the location of the wildfire as they start and while they’re burning. The WFCA Fire Map is the first map of its kind to pull such data from 911 Dispatch in relevant areas.

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June 3, 2022

King County Fire Chiefs Association / Medic One Foundation Adopt Life-saving App

Goal to Turn Thousands into PulsePoint Civilian Responders

King County Fire Chiefs Association and Medic One Foundation today announced the county-wide launch of PulsePoint, a free life-saving mobile app that notifies users when someone nearby is in cardiac arrest and needs immediate help. The announcement highlights National CPR & AED Awareness Week, June 1-7, 2022.

"When a person goes into sudden cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR reduces their chance of survival, so immediate help from a bystander who can do CPR is critical," said Dr. Tom Rea, Emergency Medical Services Program Director for King County.

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November 30, 2021

Fairfield County, Ohio Wins Inaugural PulsePoint AED Contest

County will receive $5,000 grant for the purchase of public defibrillators.

The PulsePoint Foundation, a public non-profit 501(c)(3), announced today that Fairfield County, Ohio has won the inaugural PulsePoint AED Contest, winning a $5,000 grant to purchase AEDs for public safety staff and/or the community. The contest took place during the month of October, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, and was eligible to any community using PulsePoint AED to locate and register AEDs. Fairfield County, with the help of Fairfield Medical Center’s Community Heart Watch Committee, collectively registered 238 AEDs at locations throughout the county including schools, government buildings, places of worship and sports centers. Once the newly registered AEDs are vetted by public safety personnel their location will be made available to emergency responders during cardiac emergencies.

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March 3, 2021

Saving lives in Fairbanks, a PulsePoint at a time

Every day, people die when their heart stops pumping because of heart disease and other causes.

In the Fairbanks area alone, more than 50 people die annually from cardiac arrest. Many times, there are people nearby that are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. CPR can sustain a life in the crucial first few minutes following a cardiac arrest. The problem is that the people trained in CPR often aren’t aware that somebody nearby needs their help.

We are fortunate that in Fairbanks we have ambulances staffed with highly trained, well-equipped emergency medical technicians and paramedics, a first-class 911 system to dispatch them, and a superb emergency department at our community hospital. Even in the very best system, though, it takes several minutes for someone to dial 911 and for emergency medical personnel to arrive at the scene of the emergency.

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January 7, 2021

Emergency Telecommunicators Need Access to a Community AED Registry

Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) telecommunicators are a critical link in the cardiac arrest chain of survival. Placing the proper tools in their hands can improve outcomes.

The PulsePoint Foundation provides PSAP technology to make "Is there an AED nearby?" an unnecessary question during cardiac arrest call processing while also advocating for broad adoption of this lifesaving capability. Our goal is for the telecommunicator to instead inform the caller of the location of nearby AEDs. Consider how much more effective it would be to say, “there is an AED at that store,” and direct the caller to “send someone to retrieve the AED from the customer service counter,” as CPR instructions begin? We back our advocacy and commitment with comprehensive and accessible resources. By providing exceptional, industry-supported AED registry solutions at no cost—and we genuinely mean free in all aspects—we strive to remove deployment impediments.

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October 22, 2020

Updated American Heart Association Guidelines Recommend Mobile Technology to Alert Bystanders

The AHA’s 2020 CPR Guidelines Recommend Emergency Dispatch Systems Alert Willing Bystanders Through Mobile Phone Technology, Like PulsePoint, to Assist in CPR and AED Retrieval

The 2020 American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) were just released to include updated CPR guidelines that direct emergency dispatch systems to use mobile technology to activate early bystander response in sudden cardiac emergencies. The PulsePoint Respond app, the North American standard in alerting willing bystanders to CPR-needed events, is currently in more than 4000 communities and has built a network of more than 2.5 million subscribers.

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June 10, 2020

Priority Dispatch and PulsePoint Partner to Help 911 Dispatchers Guide Callers to Closest Lifesaving AED

June 23 Webinar to Highlight Best Practices in Dispatching Citizen Response to Sudden Cardiac Arrest

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—Emergency medical dispatchers across North America can now quickly direct 911 callers during time-critical cardiac emergencies to the closest automated external defibrillator (AED), thanks to the implementation of an AED geolocation plan by Priority Dispatch and the PulsePoint Foundation. The partnership between Priority Dispatch and PulsePoint allows 911 dispatchers to inform callers of the location of AEDs while using existing medical dispatch protocols within Priority Dispatch’s ProQA® software, with no changes to workflow—saving critical time during life-threatening…

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May 20, 2020

PulsePoint Resources During COVID-19

Spike in Cardiac Deaths Related to COVID-19

The New England Journal of Medicine reported a 58 percent increase in the number of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCAs) in the first 40 days of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy, as compared with the same period last year. Many U.S.-based hot spots have reported a similar increase in OHCA as the pandemic spreads. With social distancing and a reduction in public space use during the pandemic, along with hospital avoidance, more cardiac arrests are occurring at home, and survival rates are lower due to delays in CPR and AED use.Bystander CPR was down more than 15 percent during this…

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December 6, 2019

Joe Korngiebel Joins PulsePoint Foundation Board

PulsePoint Pioneer and Innovation Technology Executive Joins PulsePoint Foundation Board PLEASANTON, Calif., December 6, 2019 – The PulsePoint Foundation today announced that Joe Korngiebel has joined the Foundation’s Board. PulsePoint, an innovator of applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens and professional emergency responders, strives to make it much easier for citizens who are trained in CPR to use their life-saving skills to do just that…save lives! Joe Korngiebel is an enterprise technology executive that has driven innovation and…

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