January 26, 2014 | by

Smart phone app to help save lives

ABC News12SAGINAW COUNTY (WJRT) – When a heart attack strikes, seconds matter.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, topping cancer and strokes.

Two local organizations are doing everything they can to connect people with technology that saves lives.

The Pulse 3 Foundation and Mobile Medical Response are using a smart phone app. It’s called PulsePoint. It’s free and you can find it in the app store on your phone.

“It’s an amazing app,” said Lynn Schutter, Director of Communications at Mobile Medical Response.

When seconds matter, “You need to act immediately in instances of cardiac arrest,” Schutter said.

According to Schutter, Saginaw County averages one heart attack a day.

“Our response times are six and eight minutes, within the city of Saginaw,” Schutter said.

“If an ambulance gets to you in six minutes, which is a phenomenal response time, your chance of living is already down to 40 percent, so we want to get help to you as soon as we can,” said Diane Fong, CEO of Pulse 3 Foundation.

While emergency crews are on the way, they’ll use PulsePoint to save time and lives.

“An alert will go out when it’s in a public location,” Fong said.

“Similar to an amber alert,” Schutter said.

If someone is having a heart attack, 911 will dispatch an ambulance, and MMR will send an alert through the app to get the attention of people nearby who are trained in CPR. PulsePoint also lets them know where the nearest automated external defibrillator can be found.

“We are the only service provider to bring the Pulse app to the state of Michigan,” Schutter said.

Right now, the feature is only available in Saginaw, Isabella, Gratiot and Clare counties. More than 3,000 people have already signed up to get the alerts, and the search is on for more volunteers.

“What we want is people who are willing to step in to help,” Fong said.

“If we can get bystanders to step in and give that immediate help while we are on the way, we can really save a life,” Schutter said.

Read the full story by Candace Burns at ABC.

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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.

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June 6, 2013 | by

Pulse3 Foundation expanding the PulsePoint smartphone app in Michigan

logo-pulse3_foundationSAGINAW, MI — Heart disease is taking a toll on the Great Lakes Bay Region, and the Michigan CardioVascular Institute Foundation is changing to take it on.

The foundation is changing its name to Pulse3 Foundation, said President and Chief Executive Officer Diane Fong. The private foundation will become a public charity, Fong said, and add five members to its board of directors from Saginaw, Bay and Midland counties.

“Heart disease is bigger than one organization,” she said. “Our goals, passion and commitment remains unchanged.”

The death rate from heart disease is higher in Michigan and the region than the national average.

Pulse3’s vision of a community free of heart disease remains strong with community-based, widespread, regional support, Fong said.

The foundation’s programs include the Run for Your Heart Fitness and Wellness Program, Run for Your Heart Community Races, Shocks & Saves alert system for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator emergencies, deployment of AED units in the community, CPR/ AED training, community education programs, college scholarships and continuing education programs for healthcare professionals.

One example of expanded programming is the Run for Your Heart program, Fong said. The foundation will partner with the Michigan State University Extension’s diabetes prevention program. The first 20 people who sign up will receive a scholarship to Pulse3’s Run for Your Heart program.

Fong said the charity also is expanding the PulsePoint smartphone app to Isabella, Clare and Gratiot counties. The app sends alerts to people trained in CPR when someone in public collapses from cardiac arrest.

Read the full post by The Saginaw News reporter Lindsay Knake on MLive.

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