January 30, 2013 | by

Michigan CardioVascular Institute (MCVI) Foundation and Mobile Medical Response (MMR) Collaborate on New APProach to Saving Lives

Michigan CardioVascular Institute Foundation – Saginaw, Michigan(SAGINAW) – As part of the MCVI Foundation’s Shocks & Saves initiative, the Foundation and MMR have teamed up to release a life-saving smartphone app called PulsePoint at their upcoming Shocks & Saves Charity Hockey Game on Saturday, February 2, 4:30 p.m., at the Dow Event Center.

The free app, designed for both Android and iPhone, uses GPS to notify people with CPR training when an emergency cardiac event is happening near them.

Initially being piloted in Saginaw County, PulsePoint works in conjunction with MMR’s Medical Communications Center to create a community CPR/AED alert system

Here’s an example of how it works:

Someone at Best Buy collapses and isn’t breathing. A cashier calls 911. While an ambulance is dispatched to the scene, the message is simultaneously sent to PulsePoint. The app uses GPS to notify users within a quarter-mile of the scene.

A shopper at nearby Guitar Center is a PulsePoint user and receives a text alert that CPR is needed at Best Buy. The app includes a map showing the location of the victim and the nearest AED. The Guitar Center shopper can proceed to Best Buy, begin CPR, and deploy the automated external defibrillator (AED) before the ambulance arrives, significantly increasing the victim’s chances of survival.

The purpose of the app is to empower ordinary citizens, who are willing and trained, to become bystander rescuers.

“Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack,” says Diane Fong, MCVI Foundation executive director. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, causing the heart to suddenly stop beating. Cardiac arrest can be reversed if CPR is performed or a defibrillator is used quickly to shock the heart back to a normal rhythm. “Minutes – even seconds – are precious,” Fong explains.

By providing CPR immediately after sudden cardiac arrest – while the ambulance is on the way – bystanders can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival of a teammate, nearby shopper, congregation member, fellow diner, spectator, neighbor, or loved one. “We know so many stories of ordinary people being in the right place at the right time to save a life. Obviously, the survivors are grateful. But the rescuers are truly moved by the opportunity to make a difference, pay it forward, and save a life.”

MCVI Foundation and MMR have teamed up for their annual Shocks & Saves Charity Hockey Game for six years now, explains Lynn Schutter, MMR director of community relations and strategic planning. “We’re extending the Shocks & Saves brand beyond hockey to include our year-round efforts to empower people to save lives. There are many people out there who are willing and able to perform CPR, and when available, use AEDs to improve survivability of sudden cardiac arrest victims.”

Part of the program includes free CPR training for chest-only compressions and AED use. Both MMR and MCVI Foundation offer several opportunities for free non-certified CPR training throughout the year. To kickoff the Shocks & Saves initiative, the first training blitz will be on Saturday, February 16, at Freeland Sports Zone at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon. Each class lasts just an hour.

Tickets to this year’s hockey game, which features local physicians, EMTs, and NHL celebrities, cost $12 and include admission into that evening’s Saginaw Spirit game. All proceeds will go to fund the PulsePoint phone app, to purchase and place AEDs throughout the region, to offer CPR training at schools, and to educate the public about heart disease.

For more information, visit www.shocksandsaves.org or to donate text the key word SHOCKS to 56512.

Contacts
Diane Fong
President/CEO, MCVI Foundation
(989) 754-3319 or (989) 293-2217

Lynn Schutter
Community Relations Director, MMR
(989) 907-2013 or (989) 798-2115

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January 29, 2013 | by

Free smartphone app, new to Oregon, designed to save lives through crowdsourcing CPR

AppStoreScreenShot300pxRichard Price heard a distant siren and wondered where the emergency crew was headed. The siren’s whine intensified until the crew pulled up outside the deli where Price was having lunch.

Next door, someone was in cardiac arrest: The person’s heart had stopped beating unexpectedly.

Price, who was chief of northern California’s San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District until retiring last year, is trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He carried an automated external defibrillator in his car trunk. If he’d known, he could have worked to re-start the victim’s heart during the crucial minutes it took the rescue crew to arrive — minutes that frequently mean the difference between life and death for those in cardiac arrest.

The incident about three years ago inspired what Price considers the best idea he ever had: PulsePoint, a free smartphone application that fires off alerts when CPR may be needed in a public space nearby. It directs bystanders willing to perform CPR to the precise location and tells them where to find publicly accessible automated defibrillators.

Tuesday, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue became the first Oregon fire department to introduce and implement the app. Its developers hope its use spreads to departments across the state — even around the world.

For now in Oregon, those who live or work in, or who travel through TVF&R’s, 220-square-mile service area, and who download the PulsePoint app, could have lifesaving opportunities in their future.

“We see this as another way in which we can partner with the community to save even more lives,” says Mark Charleston, TVF&R battalion chief.

The fire department serves about 450,000 residents from U.S. 30 at its northern edge, to Charbonneau in the south, Sherwood to the west and West Linn to the east. It has a longstanding goal of increasing survival rates for cardiac patients.

Read the full article by Katy Muldoon, at The Oregonian.

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January 29, 2013 | by

TVF&R First Fire Department in Oregon to Introduce Life-Saving Smartphone App

A free CPR smartphone app called PulsePoint is now available in Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue’s (TVF&R) service area. The PulsePoint app enables subscribers who have indicated they are CPR trained* to be alerted to a cardiac arrest event simultaneously with TVF&R’s firefighters EMT/paramedics. The app uses sophisticated location-based services to alert citizens of the need for CPR in a public place, and directs them to the exact location of the nearest public access automated external defibrillator (AED). The free PulsePoint app can be found in the Apple App Store or in Android Apps on Google Play.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue is the first fire department in Oregon to implement the PulsePoint app. Media are invited to attend a press conference in which Fire Chief Mike Duyck will officially launch the first CPR alert for a cardiac arrest. Watch our PulsePoint video at TVF&R’s YouTube site.

What: Press Conference to unveil Oregon’s first PulsePoint smartphone app
When: Tuesday, January 29th, at 1 pm
Where: TVF&R Fire Station 51 (8935 SW Burnham Street, Tigard 97223)
Activities: TVF&R’s YouTube video unveiled; Cardiac arrest survivor to speak on the importance of citizen response and CPR; App demonstration; Oregon’s first PulsePoint App activation

TVFR300pxIn addition to cardiac arrest incidents, the PulsePoint app also provides a virtual window into TVF&R’s emergency activity. Users can view active incidents and dispatched units, and pinpoint incident locations on an interactive map. Users also can choose to be notified of incidents by type and monitor emergency radio traffic via this modern version of the traditional fire scanner.

Businesses, schools, and other public sites with an AED are asked to visit TVF&R’s website to see if their AED is listed in TVF&R’s PulsePoint database. If not, email us at aed@tvfr.com to add your AED.

Fire Chief Mike Duyck states, “We are honored to bring this lifesaving tool to this region. TVF&R’s cardiac survival rates are some of the highest in the nation and this technology is another way in which we can—in partnership with our community—save even more lives.” Learn more about this powerful app at www.pulsepoint.org.

* “CPR trained” can be knowing how to administer Hands-Only CPR (no rescue breaths) or traditional CPR (with rescue breaths). Individuals can find information for both types of CPR on TVF&R’s website at www.tvfr.com

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