June 30, 2013 | by

MMR to expand PulsePoint into Isabella County

MMR LogoSince its debut in 1994, Mobile Medical Response has been about saving lives.

Now, the Saginaw-based ambulance service want to take it a step further in Isabella County, as it has in other areas.

Teaming up with the Michigan CardioVascular Institute Foundation, MMR is expanding its “Shocks & Saves” initiative, starting with a scavenger hunt for automated external defibrillators in Isabella County.

Between July 12 and 26, the contest to find AEDs – equipment used to deliver shocks to people in cardiac arrest – is being held in Isabella County.

Anyone 18 or older wanting to help find the AEDs in Isabella County can get details online at www.pulse3.org or by calling 989-754-7283.

There will be cash prizes for the top three AED finders, with $500 for the first place winner, $250 for second and $200 for third.

Anyone submitting a minimum of two valid AED locations will be entered into a drawing for a $50 cash prize.

People can enter the contest individually or in teams, and AEDs that count toward total numbers must be found in fixed, public locations, as opposed to those in police cars or in private homes.

Contestants must include the building address, zip code and company name if applicable, a photograph of the AED and a description of the AED location.

In addition to the monetary awards, the scavenger hunt will help MMR find all of the public AEDs in the county, which is information necessary for PulsePoint to create maps for smartphones that will show locations of the devices.

Lynn Schutter, director of community relations for MMR, said the scavenger hunt for AEDs, which are typically found in schools, large retailers and other businesses and buildings open to the public, is the first step in providing Isabella County residents with a smartphone application designed to save lives.

PulsePoint is an application that can be used on both Androids and iPhones that uses GPS to notify people with cardiopulmonary resuscitation training when an emergency cardiac event is happening near them.

Those who want to assist with CPR must know the procedure but do not have to be certified, and MMR will be providing one-hour non-certification training, Schutter said.

Piloted in Saginaw County, PulsePoint works with MMR’s dispatch center to create a community CPR/AED alert system.

Those who download the application get an alert when someone is in cardiac arrest at a public location within a quarter-mile radius, Schutter said.

Any bystander who has the application and knows CPR can help at the scene while an ambulance crew is en route, Schutter said.

Michigan CardioVascular Institute Foundation – Saginaw, MichiganAs part of an effort to keep communities safer, MMR has donated AEDs to Clare County, and Shocks & Saves has raised about $200,000 to date for the placement of AEDs in the communities MMR serves.

Schutter said PulsePoint is a way to help save lives and quality of life in the community.

Read the full story by Susan Field in the Morning Sun.

Full Story