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The Importance of Hands-Only CPR

CPR TrainingIn honor of American Heart Month, local first responders are teaming up to re-educate the public on the importance of heart health and cardiac issues.

Every year 360,000 Americans suffer from cardiac arrest outside of the hospital and every 90 seconds someone dies from cardiac arrest.

Unfortunately, only 41% of people who suffer a heart attack get help from a by-stander or witness. In the Fargo-Moorhead area that number is as low as 33%.

One of the main reasons area first responders have teamed up to stress the importance of giving Hands-Only CPR. Paramedics and firefighters say it’s easy and can be done in two simple steps.

View the news story at Valley News Live.

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December 23, 2013 | by

Local Fire Departments Develop New App

Moorhead ProfileHave you ever wanted to be a superhero?

Well, even though you won’t ever be able to fly, the Moorhead and Fargo Fire Departments have joined a mobile device app service called Pulsepoint that could give you superpowers.

The application’s motto is “Enabling Citizen Superheroes” and the Fire Department hopes it will do just that.

Do you know CPR?

Are you willing to save a life?

These are the main questions behind the app PulsePoint.

“A citizen running the application will receive a notification, if they sign up for alerts, when they are within one quarter mile of somebody recording a cardiac arrest incident in Fargo Moorhead. There might be somebody only a minute away that is trained in CPR and is able and willing to help,” said Moorhead Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Wallin.

More than 1,000 people die from cardiac arrest each day, and ¼ of those people don’t get CPR in time.

This smart phone application will notify people when someone in their immediate area is suffering sudden cardiac arrest so that if they know CPR they can get there before authorities do.

“They found that for every minute that CPR is withheld or delayed you lose about 10% of your chance of recovery, and within 10 minutes we typically have brain death starting to occur,” Wallin said.

Citizens feel this application will do great things for the community.

“I think it’s a good idea, I think that anytime you have that kind of help right there to save someone’s life it’s good,” off duty nurse Jennifer Kwasnkiewski said.

Read the full article by Jamie Elias at KVRR FOX.

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December 23, 2013 | by

Fargo, Moorhead unveil app to get quicker help for sudden cardiac arrest victims

Moorhead Fire Chief Richard DuysenA new local smartphone app may help save lives by turning more people into rescuers.

A new local smartphone app may help save lives by turning more people into rescuers.

The PulsePoint app is integrated with the Red River Regional Dispatch Center, which handles calls throughout the metro area. When a call comes in about a suspected cardiac arrest, the 911 communications center activates an alert to PulsePoint app users simultaneously with Fargo and Moorhead fire and police units and F-M Ambulance.

Using a smartphone’s geo-location services, the app alerts users trained in CPR who are within a quarter-mile of the victim, directing them via a live map to the person suffering cardiac arrest. It will also show the nearest automated external defibrillator, or AED.

Fire chiefs from both cities unveiled the app during a news conference at Fargo City Hall on Monday and said they expect the app to improve the communities’ survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest – a frequently fatal condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.

“When someone experiences cardiac arrest, time is critical,” said Fargo Fire Chief Steve Dirksen. “A victim may die within minutes unless they receive early CPR and have access to a defibrillator.”

Moorhead Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Wallin said the two cities are the first fire departments in North Dakota and Minnesota to implement PulsePoint.

“I would like to think we are at the front of a wave that is just sweeping across the country right now,” Wallin said.

Read the full article by Robin Huebner at INFORUM.

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December 23, 2013 | by

New medical app has potential to save lives

Fargo (ND) Press ConferenceFargo, ND (WDAY TV) – The difference between life and death could come down to a new Smartphone app.

Monday, Fargo and Moorhead fire departments announced the launch of Pulse Point.

It is an app that provides notifications for CPR and other emergencies in the immediate area of the person using the app.

F-M fire departments hope the app can save lives.

Jeff Wallin- Asst. Chief, Moorhead Fire Dept.: “It’s our hope that everybody in the community will download the application. Think about a friend, family worker, or coworker. If they suffer a problem right around the block; that instead of having somebody three to five minutes away, if you had somebody that was just one minute away around the corner… That could keep somebody alive until additional help can arrive can make a huge impact for everybody in the Fargo-Moorhead area.”

The app is up and running, so feel free to download it on your smart phone.

Watch the news clip from WDAY 6 (ABC) Fargo, ND.

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December 23, 2013 | by

Fargo-Moorhead Fire Departments Unveil Emergency App

Fargo FD AppA new smart phone application will enable people in the community to help out in emergency situations around the Fargo-Moorhead area. The fire departments in Fargo and Moorhead unveiled the app in a joint news conference Monday.

The app is called PulsePoint. Once you download the app, you then select your location and mark certain emergencies you’d like to be notified about. Users who are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. If you decide to allow push notifications, you can also choose to be alerted during fire alarms, motor vehicle crashes, or medical emergencies, just to name a few.

As long as the GPS on your smart phone is turned on, and you are within a quarter-mile of the emergency, you will receive a notification. When you get an alert, you also have the option to see how many automated external defibrillators (AED) are in the area and where they are located.

The fire departments say the quicker victims are able to get help in an emergency, the better. They say the app will give users CPR instructions and other directions similar to those that dispatchers at Red River Regional Dispatch would give over the phone if you were to call 911. The app follows guidelines recommended by the American Heart Association regarding hands-only CPR.

Although not everyone may feel comfortable helping in an emergency situation, emergency responders say any type of assistance before they arrive could make a huge difference in an emergency situation.

“With only one quarter of all cardiac arrests victims receiving CPR, PulsePoint increases the odds that CPR and defibrillation will be provided even before emergency crews arrive on scene. Improving the chances of survival after a cardiac arrest,” explains Fargo Fire Chief Steve Dirksen.

Read the full story at NBCNews.com

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