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June 14, 2015 | by

Crowdsourcing CPR gets more help to cardiac arrest victims

If you go into cardiac arrest, getting help within the first few minutes can mean the difference between life and death. A new study shows that help can get to victims more quickly with a mobile-phone app that directs people who know CPR to medical emergencies near them.

The researchers call their app a “mobile-phone positioning system,” an homage to the network of satellites that make up the global positioning system, or GPS. The app uses the GPS function in mobile phones to find and contact bystanders trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation who happen to be in the vicinity of a reported cardiac emergency. CPR-trained volunteers download the app if they are willing to get the alerts.

Dr. Leif Svensson, a cardiologist at the Center for Resuscitation Science at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, conceived of the research project 10 years ago during his morning commute. A 50-year-old woman’s heart stopped right outside the bus he was on.

“Nobody on the bus, including myself, saw this,” he said.

But when he arrived at the hospital for work, he saw the woman again, dead upon arrival in the emergency room.

“I was sitting approximately 10 to 15 feet from the place where she had her cardiac arrest,” Svensson recalled. If he had known of her condition earlier, he would have been able to help by performing CPR.

So Svensson recruited some colleagues and devised a system to “find your closest lifesaver,” as he put it. Whenever someone reported a case of cardiac arrest to emergency responders, all CPR-trained volunteers who were within about a third of a mile of the patient would receive a text message and a phone call to alert them to the emergency and the patient’s location.

To test how well it worked, Svensson and his team enlisted nearly 10,000 CPR-trained volunteers to participate in the study. The team activated the network and put out a call to volunteers after 306 cardiac arrests over a 20-month period. In those cases, a volunteer was able to initiate CPR 62% of the time.

View the full story by Sasha Harris-Lovett at the Los Angeles Times.

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April 19, 2015 | by

New Plano Smartphone App to Help Heart Attack Victims

The City of Plano will hold a press conference on Monday, April 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM to kick off a new smartphone app designed to help save more lives from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). PulsePoint empowers everyday citizens to provide life-saving assistance to SCA victims. People who are trained in CPR and are willing to assist in case of an emergency can now be notified through an app, if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the app will alert trained citizens in the vicinity of the need for bystander CPR. This will happen at the same time advanced medical care is dispatched. The app also uses maps to direct these citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillator or AED. In many cases nationwide, nearby AEDs have not been used when they may have made a difference. PulsePoint aims to address this type of failure by informing citizen rescuers where the nearest AED is located – in real-time and in context of their current location. “PulsePoint gives us the ability to alert trained citizens near the area that someone is in cardiac distress; they can then provide CPR until emergency responders can get to the scene,” says Fire Chief Marty Wade.

Speakers at the press conference will include Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, Plano Fire Chief Marty Wade, Public Safety Communications Director Susan Carr and John S. Doe, a heart attack victim whose life was saved by a CPR-trained citizen.

For a video on PulsePoint, click on this link: https://www.pulsepoint.org/pulsepoint-respond/

The press conference will be held at the Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center on Monday April 20, 2015 at 10:00 AM. The Muehlenbeck Center is located at 5801 W. Parker Road in Plano.

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Plano, Texas, is the largest city in Collin County with a population of 269,330 as of January 2014. Incorporated in 1873, the city is located 20 miles north of Dallas. Plano was recently named the third Best Run City in America by 24/7 Wall Street. The City offers a high quality of life that includes: nationally-recognized schools, award-winning parks and sustainability initiatives, designation as one of America’s safest cities by Forbes magazine, and a wide variety of multi-cultural neighborhoods appealing to families, young singles and retirees. Plano is home to many major international corporations and Fortune 500 headquarters such as JC Penney, Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group, Rent-A-Center, Cinemark Holdings, Denbury Resources and Alliance Data Systems. The dynamic community features excellent restaurants, vibrant shopping and entertainment venues, a lively historic downtown district and active local arts scene. Easy access to DART light rail and major highways makes Plano a convenient place to live, work and visit. To learn more about Plano, go to our website at plano.gov.

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