September 29, 2015 | by

Mobile App Helps Save Life of Santa Clara Cardiac Arrest Victim

Life-saving CPR performed after mobile app notifies nearby off-duty ER physician to emergency

SANTA CLARA, Calif., September 30, 2015 – On Sunday, May 24, 2015, 53-year old Santa Clara resident Kory Trebbin was attending church when, without warning, he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and was left unresponsive and without a pulse. Witnesses dialed 9-1-1 to alert authorities and while professional first responders were called to the scene, a nearby off-duty ER physician simultaneously received an alert via her smartphone notifying her of this emergency just blocks from her house. The alert was sent via PulsePoint, a 9-1-1 connected mobile app designed to alert CPR-trained citizens of SCA emergencies in their vicinity.

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The PulsePoint mobile app is designed to reduce collapse-to-CPR and collapse-to-defibrillation times by increasing CPR-trained citizen awareness of cardiac events beyond a traditional “witnessed” area. The app also directs users to the precise location of nearby public Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

The PulsePoint app directed the off-duty ER physician to the exact location of the emergency based on the 9-1-1 call information. Using this information, the physician made her way to the nearby church where Mr. Trebbin had collapsed and remained lifeless. The off-duty physician, who handles these medical emergencies everyday on the job, performed CPR until a Santa Clara Police Officer arrived equipped with an AED. The AED was used to deliver a shock before fire department paramedics arrived on the scene.

Because of the physicians’ advanced training she presented her credentials to the arriving paramedics and assumed patient responsibility onsite. The physician, alongside paramedics, delivered three additional shocks to Mr. Trebbin before his heart established a productive rhythm. The team then transported him to the closest hospital, which happened to be where the off-duty physician was a practicing emergency room doctor. She was able to alert the attending doctor to Mr. Trebbin’s condition from the ambulance, seamlessly transferring his care.

Mr. Trebbin was without a heart beat for a reported 18 minutes, but walked out of the hospital, healthy and without cognitive impairment, just four days later.

“It’s a miracle I’m alive,” said Kory Trebbin. “I’m so thankful to those who called 9-1-1 and to the professional first responders who rushed to the scene. But the reason I’m alive today is because PulsePoint connected me to someone who could, and did, save my life.”

Santa Clara County was one of the first counties in the nation to fully integrate this technology with its 9-1-1 system. The collaboration and allocated resources from the Santa Clara County fire departments, the PulsePoint Foundation, El Camino Hospital and the tech company Workday brought this lifesaving technology to Santa Clara County citizens. The coordinated effort by the Santa Clara Fire Department, the Santa Clara Police Department, the PulsePoint-notified citizen responder and the care provided by the emergency room combined to save Mr. Trebbin’s life.

About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through the use of location-aware mobile devices PulsePoint is building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens, empowering them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Deployment of the PulsePoint app can significantly strengthen the “chain of survival” by improving bystander response to cardiac arrest victims and increasing the chance that lifesaving steps will be taken prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS). PulsePoint is supported by the Wireless Foundation, built and maintained by volunteer engineers at Workday and distributed by our marketing and implementation partner Physio-Control, Inc. Learn more at or join the conversation at Facebook and Twitter. The free app is available for download on iTunes and Google Play.

About Cardiac Arrest
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for an estimated 424,000 deaths each year, more than 1,000 deaths per day. The American Heart Association estimates that effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. However, less than half of cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR and even fewer receive a potentially lifesaving therapeutic shock from a public access AED. Improving bystander CPR rates and access to AEDs is critical to the chain of survival, which requires: (1) early recognition of the emergency and phoning 911 for EMS, (2) early bystander CPR, (3) early delivery of a shock via a defibrillator if indicated and (4) early advanced life support and post-resuscitation care delivered by healthcare providers. Different than a heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest is caused when the heart’s electrical system malfunctions and the heart stops working properly. For every minute that passes without a SCA victim receiving resuscitation, the chances of that person surviving decrease 10 percent. After 10 minutes the chances of survival are minimal.

About Santa Clara
Santa Clara is a family-oriented and business-friendly city, led by a city government that has developed an award-winning ethics program and a commitment to fostering public trust. Located in Santa Clara County at the southern end of San Francisco Bay, about 45 miles south of San Francisco, Santa Clara is a strategic regional hub, convenient to freeways, airports, railroads, expressways, light rail and other public transportation. Home to global companies such as Intel and Citrix, world-class educational institutions like Santa Clara University, and the San Francisco 49ers who play at Levi’s Stadium. The City of Santa Clara offers history, innovation, culture, sports and fun and represents The Center of What’s Possible.

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