February 10, 2014 | by

Life-Saving App Promoted In Aberdeen

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ABERDEEN, SD – Paramedics in Aberdeen are asking the public to help them save lives using a smart phone app.

The dispatch center has technology that’ll alert people who know CPR if someone nearby needs it. The technology sends alerts through the PulsePoint App and has been online less than a week.

When paramedics respond to an emergency call, they’re often up against time. That’s why JR Huebner is happy the PulsePoint App is now an option for people in Aberdeen.

“The goal for us is to get people there as soon as possible, starting CPR with the hope that we can save more lives,” Huebner said.

People who know CPR and download the app on their smart phones can ask for alerts when someone near them in a public place needs CPR.

When a 911 call comes in, technology at the dispatch center will track its location. Those within a quarter mile will get an alert, Huebner said.

“I think it’d be great. Depending on how severe the attack or incident might be, a couple of minutes makes a huge difference,” Gaylan Lang said.

Even though he’s an avid runner, Lang still needed a heart stint a few years ago. So he knows anyone could require CPR one day, even if they lead a healthy lifestyle. That’s why he’s hopeful the app will become popular with many people certified in CPR.

Huebner says an ambulance response time in town with Aberdeen Fire and Rescue is three to five minutes. When someone’s in cardiac arrest, he says, survival chances decrease ten percent for every minute that passes.

“This just basically enhances our circle of responders that can get to the scene quicker,” Huebner said.

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June 1, 2012 | by

Saving Lives with Civic Tech

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Digiart2001Almost 1,000 Americans die every day from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), making it the leading cause of death in the US. One of the reasons SCA is so deadly is because permanent brain damage or death can result if the victim does not receive CPR in less than 8-10 minutes and professional response times commonly come dangerously close to exceeding this period. The PulsePoint app (iPhone, Android) was created in 2010 to help reduce these response times by connecting locally available CPR-trained users to those in need of assistance.

Read the rest of this excellent article by Matthew Hall on the Engagement Commons Blog.

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