January 17, 2014 | by

University Hospitals phone app to help First Responders

Chagrin Valley Dispatch Nick DiCiccoCLEVELAND — Firefighters, police and EMS want you to get involved.

University Hospitals is among the first in Ohio to be equipping the police and fire crews with a new smart phone app that enlists the public as part of the front-line responders when someone nearby is suffering from a heart attack.

University Hospitals has made the cities of South Russell, Chagrin Falls, Chagrin Falls Township, Bentleyville, Gates Mills, Hunting Valley, Moreland Hills, Orange, Woodmere and Highland Hills the first group to institute the PulsePoint notification system.

The new Chagrin Valley Dispatch Center, based out of UH Bedford Medical Center, is at the center of the new technological advancement as the system has now been integrated into the 9-1-1 protocols.

The set of 10 cities are under UH ambulance protocols as the health system purchased the licensing agreement from the company with the intent of enrolling all of the fire department and EMS crews under its jurisdiction with the programming.

Read the full article by Monica Robins at WKYC.

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January 17, 2014 | by

App Sends Out Alert When Someone Needs CPR

BEDFORD, Ohio– No doubt, CPR and minutes matter when someone is having a heart attack. There is new technology that sends out an alert that someone is in cardiac arrest. It means anyone can be a lifesaver if they have a smartphone.

The new Chagrin Valley Dispatch Center, now in the basement of Bedford Medical Center, opened this week. It serves ten communities.

PulsePoint is connected to the 911 calls that come in. It is a new app for smartphones that sends out an alert that someone is in cardiac arrest.

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Lt. Nick DiCicco with the Orange Police Dept. oversees the dispatch center. He said the PulsePoint app works within a quarter-mile radius of the person’s phone. “It automatically sends the call information up to the PulsePoint servers and the PulsePoint servers then deploy it out to anybody who has downloaded the app,” Lt. DiCicco explained.

It’s for anyone who is CPR-certified and willing to try to save a life before EMS arrives.

Dan Ellenberger, University Hospitals Director of EMS Training and Disaster Preparedness, said in cardiac emergency situations it’s about getting hands on the chest. “We trained 14,000 people last year in CPR. So, there are 14,000 responders out there that can actually save a life if they knew that someone was having a cardiac arrest,” Ellenberger added.

You don’t have to live in the Chagrin Valley area to download the PulsePoint app on your phone. “You could be visiting Orange Place in Orange Village and having dinner at the Bahama Breeze and if we are responding to that area and someone is in cardiac arrest — you have the app; you will be alerted,” Lt. DiCicco said.

When PulsePoint sends out the alert, it will also show where to find the nearest defibrillator for that call. Lt. DiCicco says PulsePoint has been used in the Columbus area this past year and is credited with saving about a dozen lives. “When an ambulance gets called out it can be between a 4-6 minutes response time and if we can get a lay person there within 1 to 2 minutes to start CPR and maybe do a defibrillation — it will absolutely save a life,” Lt. DiCicco added.

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January 15, 2014 | by

Pulsepoint app makes its way to Cleveland

Nick DiCiccoBEDFORD, Ohio – A new emergency dispatch center in Bedford will go online with a life-saving app for smart phone users later this month. PulsePoint, an app that allows CPR–trained individuals to be alerted through their phone’s GPS system if they are within a quarter of a mile on an emergency needing CPR help.

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“It will show you all of the EMS calls. It leaves out the street numbers, (for privacy purposes) it will only show you the street name, but if it’s a business name it will tell you the Hampton Inn, or The Home Depot and you can over there and it will also show you where the closest A.E.D. is where you can go over and grab it for public use and deliver a defibrillation shock if needed,” said Nick DiCicco, Lieutenant for the Orange Police Department.

Columbus has been using the Pulsepoint app with success for over a year. Survival rates have gone up everywhere it has been implemented, according to University Hospital’s Director of EMS Training and Disaster Preparedness, Dan Ellenberger.

“Anything we can do to hedge the bet to get great basic life-saving support to that patient faster, they’re going to live,” said Ellenberger.

Ellenberger and DiCicco are expecting its ten community service area to reap the app’s rewards almost right away.

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