June 1, 2012 | by

Saving Lives with Civic Tech

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Digiart2001Almost 1,000 Americans die every day from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), making it the leading cause of death in the US. One of the reasons SCA is so deadly is because permanent brain damage or death can result if the victim does not receive CPR in less than 8-10 minutes and professional response times commonly come dangerously close to exceeding this period. The PulsePoint app (iPhone, Android) was created in 2010 to help reduce these response times by connecting locally available CPR-trained users to those in need of assistance.

Read the rest of this excellent article by Matthew Hall on the Engagement Commons Blog.

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May 27, 2011 | by

“This App Could Save Your Life”

Fire Chief Richard Price and Ben Bobrow, M.D. were recently interviewed by Brendan Moran of the Wall Street Journal about the potential impact of the District’s new iPhone app. Dr. Bobrow is the Medical Director for the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System at the Arizona Department of Health Services and currently serves on the American Heart Association Basic Life Support Guideline Committee. Dr. Bobrow has received international recognition for his achievements in the field of resuscitation science and improving patient outcomes in cardiac arrest cases.

The article also discusses partners Workday, Code for America and Civic Commons who are all rallying around the mission to extend the reach of the District-pioneered application.

Read the WSJ article from May 27th.

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