August 5, 2013 | by

PulsePoint app tells users someone nearby needs CPR

Fox31DenverARVADA, Colo. — The Arvada Fire Department is teaming up with a smart phone app developer in an effort to mix altruism with geo-location technology to save lives.
PulsePoint is a free app that can help someone who is having sudden cardiac arrest.

Users register through the app that they know CPR. The app will then notify the user if someone nearby is having cardiac arrest. It gives directions to the victim as well as show any nearby defibrillators.

The app is activated by 911 dispatchers and alerts go to anyone within walking distance of the victim, that is CPR trained and is willing to help.

The notifications are also only made if the victim is in a public place such as a mall or park, said Arvada fire spokesman Scott Pribble.

Read the full story by Thomas Hendrick at FOX31 Denver (KDVR).

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August 5, 2013 | by

New Arvada Fire Channel app launched by Arvada Fire could save a life

ARVADA – Arvada Fire launched the PulsePoint application on the Arvada Fire Channel, which could potentially help save lives.

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The free application notifies registered users of a cardiac arrest that has occurred in a public place nearby. PulsePoint puts out a map giving directions to the person, the location of the AEDs in the area, and in the future, it will also provide the radio traffic of the emergency responders.

To sign up for this application, a person has to be willing to do “hands-only” CPR, and the Good Samaritan Law covers anyone who is willing to help.

For iPhone users, PulsePoint can be searched and directly downloaded from the App Store. Android users can find the app under the same name on Google Play.

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August 5, 2013 | by

Turn Your Smart Phone into a Life Saver

Arvada FPD LogoARVADA – Your smart phone can do so many things from keeping your life on schedule, to checking your social media status and even playing games. Now your phone can help you save a life.

On Monday, August 5th, Arvada Fire will launch the Arvada Fire channel on the smart phone application, PulsePoint. The free PulsePoint app, which is available in your phone’s app store, will notify registered users of a cardiac arrest that has occurred in a public place that is in their vicinity. The app will give the citizen responder mapping directions, it will notify them of any automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) that are in the area and will, in the near future, even provide the radio traffic of the emergency responders.
When a person goes into sudden cardiac arrest, their heart, lungs and brain no longer receive the oxygen that they need to survive. For every minute that they do not receive chest compressions, their chance of survival decreases by 10%. Quick math would tell you that they would have zero chance of survival after just 10 minutes. That is why it is so important to get this process started before emergency responders arrive on the scene.

So, you want to help but mouth-to-mouth grosses you out? No problem. To sign up for this app, you only need to be willing to do “Hands-Only” CPR. According to the American Heart Association, Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR in the first few minutes of an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest. Have you been trained in CPR but your card has expired? No problem. You do not need to be CPR certified to participate in this program. The Good Samaritan Law covers anyone who is willing to help as long as they do not attempt to do more than they are trained to do.

We are available to do interviews for the morning shows if you are interested. Shots could include an interview about how the app works and a brief lesson on “Hands-Only” CPR.

PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their mission is to make it much easier for citizens who are trained in CPR to use their life saving skills to do just that…save lives! Through the use of modern, location-aware mobile devices PulsePoint is building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens and empower them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest.

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Scott Pribble, Public Information Officer
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July 23, 2013 | by

Crowdsourcing Life-Saving Assistance

AmbulanceDisaster responders cannot be everywhere at the same time, but the crowd is always there. The same is true for health care professionals such as critical care paramedics who work with an ambulance service. Paramedics cannot be posted everywhere. Can crowdsourcing help? This was the question posed to me by my colleague Mark who overseas the ambulance personnel for a major city.

Take Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), for example. SCA’s account for an estimated 325,000 deaths each year in the US—one person every two minutes. Survival rates nationally are less than 8%. But Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, or CPR, can sustain life until paramedics arrive by maintaining blood flow to the heart and brain. “Without oxygen-rich blood, permanent brain damage or death can occur in less than 8 minutes. After 10 minutes there is little chance of successful resuscitation. Even in modern urban settings the response times for professional rescuers commonly approach these time frames”. This explains why “effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival”. In fact, close to 60% of adults in the US say they have taken CPR training (often due to school requirements) and 11% say they have used CPR in an actual emergency.

So why not develop a dedicated smartphone app to alert bystanders when someone nearby is suffering from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Read the full post by Patrick Meier on the iRevolution blog.

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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 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 29, 2013 | by

PulsePoint Responder – In Her Own Words

On March 27th 2013, the PulsePoint mobile app deployed in Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue notified three nearby citizen responders that someone close to their location was in need of CPR. Heather Roms, who is an RN for Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, was just leaving a nearby business when she received the PulsePoint notification on her smartphone. Heather responded and began CPR until EMS crews arrived. Heather stated that she heard about the app from her mother who works at a nearby middle school and was happy to be available to respond and help. Watch her story below.

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June 22, 2013 | by

Heart Attack or Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

In the swirling media coverage of actor James Gandolfini’s sudden death, the terms “sudden cardiac arrest” and “heart attack” were sometimes used as if they are interchangeable.

They’re not.

Sudden cardiac arrest and heart attack are actually two distinct cardiac conditions. Walid Saliba, MD, cardiologist and Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Electrophysiology Lab, explains.

Read the full post by Cleveland Clinic.

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June 3, 2013 | by

Our Citizens Are Our First, First Responders

by San Ramon (CA) Mayor Bill Clarkson

Mayor Bill Clarkson

Mayor Bill Clarkson

This year, FEMA’s Citizen Corp Council Program celebrates its tenth-year anniversary. Here in the San Ramon Valley (the cities of San Ramon and Danville), we have taken the Citizen Corps mission to heart to “harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.”

One of our biggest Citizen Corps public health successes has been the PulsePoint Citizen Responder CPR/AED app. First proposed by our Fire Chief, Richard Price, back in 2011, the app now alerts CPR-trained citizens to nearby cardiac arrest victims in more than 100 communities across five states. The app that was successfully piloted here in our community has now been downloaded by more than 50,000 people and activated on more than 700 actual cardiac emergencies. On two occasions I was personally alerted and responded to assist.

When someone suffers a Sudden Cardiac Arrest they only have about ten minutes to live, but getting CPR started immediately and deploying a public–access AED can stop this brief clock and sustain life until advance care can arrive. The reality is CPR is only started about a quarter of time and publically available AEDs are rarely retrieved and used. The app greatly improves the chance that CPR will be started by crowdsourcing those willing and best positioned to make a difference and by providing them with specific AED location information in context with their current location.

It’s not a whole lot different than what we expect of our citizens when a fire starts. We imagine that in the first few minutes of a fire that those nearby will locate a fire extinguisher or hose and use it. If they do, they can make a critical difference that only those nearby could. If they don’t engage, the incident quickly grows in intensity and must be handled by the professionals – but only after more damage has been done. And if too much time passes, even the professionals cannot make a meaningful difference. Active citizenship is the foundation of good government and as mayors we have a responsibility to provide the platforms that enable it.

What was started and proven here is now available to your community through the non-profit PulsePoint Foundation (

This article originally appeared on the back cover of U.S. MAYOR. Mayors are invited to submit the “Best Practices” of their cities. Contact Public Affairs at 202-293-7330 or send e-mail to

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May 29, 2013 | by

Columbus Division of Fire Uncovers the PulsePoint of Community Heroism

Division of Fire adds Smartphone App that Dispatches and 
Transforms CPR Trained Citizens into First Responders

COC-Logo300pxCOLUMBUS, Ohio – Red light. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon, and Kylie Salvadore waited for the traffic signal to change. Green light. The vehicles ahead of her don’t move. Yellow light. Horns blow and the cars ahead her begin to maneuver around the trucks stopped ahead.

“I noticed a man from the second vehicle walk up to the driver’s side window and reach in,” said Salvadore, a recent Columbus Division of Fire paramedic graduate. “I pulled up and asked if the man needed help. He told me yes.”

“There was something wrong with his friend. I knew I could help,” she continued.

In an instant, Salvadore became the first responder. Fortunately, she was a trained paramedic and cardiac pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instructor.

She began administering CPR until the paramedics arrived on the scene and took over the care. Her quick actions saved his life. Currently, the driver is recovering in the hospital.

How can the average citizen have access to trained CPR personnel within seconds or minutes of a sudden cardiac event? Well, thanks to smartphone technology, anyone certified in CPR can be a potential lifesaving first-responder.

PulsePoint is an app that notifies citizens trained in CPR of a nearby emergency that requires their expertise. Those within a half-mile radius, who have downloaded the app will receive a text message informing them of the incident. A notice appears with the location or address if in a public place. If the event occurs at a private residence, only the street name is displayed.

The app works in conjunction with 911 technologies. This is done in a continued effort to minimize the time between the sudden cardiac arrest events and the start of CPR. The hope is to increase survival rates.

The City of Columbus Division of Fire added the app to its repertoire of services. On May 20, 2013, the app became available to division members.

“We want to encourage all citizens trained in CPR to download the app,” said City of Columbus Division of Fire Chief Gregory A. Paxton. “So, we decided to start in-house first.”
To date, 392 firefighters have downloaded the smartphone app.

“Our ultimate goal is to decrease the amount of time between the initial incident and CPR implementation,” Paxton continued. “It allows trained citizens to bridge the gap until paramedics arrive. Survival of cardiac arrest is all about timing.”

To install the PulsePoint app simply search PulsePoint in the Apple App Store or in Android Apps on Google Play.

B/C Patrick Ferguson
Public Information Officer
(614) 645-7859


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