June 8, 2017 | by

New Program Combines Off-Duty Professional Firefighters, Technology, and Defibrillators to help Save Lives

Sioux Falls, South Dakota (June 8, 2017): Sioux Falls will be the second site in the United States selected for a pilot program to utilize off-duty professional firefighters in response to cardiac arrest calls in public and private settings.

The Verified Responder Pilot Program is being launched in Sioux Falls through a partnership of the PulsePoint Foundation, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, International Association of Firefighters Local 814, and automated external defibrillator (AED) manufacturer Philips. The first pilot site for the Verified Responder program was implemented earlier this year with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue in Oregon.

More than 350,000 Americans each year have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) where the heart stops beating, and only 12 percent survive, according to the American Heart Association. The chance of survival decreases by ten percent with every passing minute without CPR.

“Although survival rates in the Sioux Falls area are above the national average, our community continues to strive to increase a person’s chance of survival during a sudden cardiac event,” says Brad Goodroad, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Chief. “We know that survival relies on early CPR and early defibrillation.”

The community has already been using PulsePoint Respond, a software application designed to support public safety agencies in improving cardiac arrest survival rates by notifying CPR-trained volunteers if someone nearby in a public location is having a cardiac emergency. Since its introduction five years ago, the PulsePoint application has saved numerous lives in the United States when cardiac arrest happened in public places. However, there were no programs in the United States with the ability to respond to a home or private location prior to or along with emergency responders, and the Verified Responder program allows us to close that gap.

The Verified Responder Pilot Program utilizes the PulsePoint application. In addition, Philips Healthcare has provided AEDs to participating firefighters who can then respond to cardiac emergencies. Participating professional firefighters are certified emergency medical technicians or paramedics who receive background checks as part of employment with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue.

The effort will gather important data from the Sioux Falls pilot for future lifesaving strategies and products. During the pilot, King County Emergency Medical Services in Washington State will assist with programmatic evaluation for potential expansion to additional communities.

“We were proud to introduce PulsePoint to Sioux Falls several years ago,” says Goodroad, “and we are honored to be the second site in the country selected for the Verified Responder program. Sudden cardiac arrest strikes without warning, and our team is dedicated to improving survival rates in our community.”


Jeff Helm, Division Chief
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue

Source: City of Sioux Falls Press Release

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June 3, 2014 | by

PulsePoint Foundation and Physio-Control Launch App to Build Comprehensive Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Registry

PulsePoint AED Will Complement Lifesaving PulsePoint Respond App

(LAS VEGAS, Nevada) – June 3, 2014 – PulsePoint AED, a new mobile application designed to build a comprehensive registry of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) available for use during cardiac emergencies, was released today by the PulsePoint Foundation at the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) 2014 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The PulsePoint Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing mobile technologies to help everyday citizens save lives. Physio-Control, the leading provider of emergency medical response technologies worldwide, is the marketing and implementation partner of the Foundation.

When a cardiac emergency strikes, finding an automated external defibrillator (AED) can help save a life. But that takes knowing where AEDs are located. “The PulsePoint AED registry is one of the largest and fastest growing defibrillator databases in the world,” said Richard Price, president of the PulsePoint Foundation. “The new PulsePoint AED app strengthens the chain of survival for cardiac arrest victims by empowering CPR/AED-aware citizens to report up-to-date AED location information to local authorities and to make that information immediately available to dispatchers and trained bystanders nearby.”

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Once the location of AEDs enters the database via the PulsePoint AED app, all validated AED’s become visible in the PulsePoint Respond app, which means that AED information is provided to the local emergency communications center for instant display on dispatcher consoles during calls for assistance. This allows the dispatchers to direct callers to public AEDs near them during an emergency.

“PulsePoint AED is a great way for agencies to build comprehensive AED registries while involving local citizens. Users of PulsePoint and subscribing local emergency responders all get updated information about the AEDs in their communities,” said Cameron Pollock, Vice President of Marketing, Physio-Control, Inc. “With PulsePoint AED and PulsePoint Respond, citizens, responders and medical care providers can effectively work together in their communities to help save lives.”

“Keeping AED location information current is a significant challenge,” said Jeff Helm, Division Chief, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue in South Dakota. “PulsePoint AED will increase community awareness of AED locations and will simplify the task of discovering devices missing from our registry.” In 2012 Sioux Falls Fire Rescue received the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Ash Institute’s Bright Ideas Award for their public access defibrillator (PAD) program.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with the PulsePoint Foundation on another life-saving resource for our community,” said Tomi Ryba, president and chief executive officer of El Camino Hospital in California. “This week is National CPR and AED Awareness Week and the launch of the PulsePoint AED app is a great opportunity for our community to actively participate in identifying local AEDs and educating themselves about the life-saving potential of CPR and AEDs.”

PulsePoint AED is the second app created by the PulsePoint Foundation. PulsePoint Respond was launched in 2011 and empowers everyday citizens to provide lifesaving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Last month in Portland, Oregon, off-duty firefighter Scott Brawner was working out at a local health club when he received an alert through PulsePoint Respond. Brawner responded and performed CPR until advanced care arrived. Alerts provided by the PulsePoint Respond app helped save the cardiac arrest victim’s life. The PulsePoint Respond app has been downloaded more than 200,000 times to date.

PulsePoint AED and PulsePoint Respond are available to the public free of charge for Apple iOS and Google Android devices from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Engineering for both applications is provided by volunteers at Workday, Inc. Public safety agencies interested in implementing PulsePoint may contact their local Physio-Control representative or call 800-442-1142.

About sudden cardiac arrest

SCA is a leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for an estimated 325,000 deaths each year/1,000 deaths per day. The American Heart Association estimates that effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. However, only about one quarter of SCA 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 survival.

About Physio-Control

Physio-Control, Inc. is headquartered in Redmond, Washington. The company operates in over 100 countries and is the world’s leading provider of professional emergency medical response solutions that predict or intervene in life threatening emergencies. To learn more visit www.physio-control.com, or connect at www.facebook.com/physiocontrolinc, https://www.linkedin.com/company/physio-control-inc-or @PhysioControl

About the PulsePoint Foundation

PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its 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. Learn more at www.pulsepoint.org or join the conversation at http://www.facebook.com/PulsePoint and @PulsePoint.

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May 24, 2013 | by

Mall Shoppers Get CPR, AED Training

Mall CPRSome professions automatically come with opportunities to physically save lives. Think doctors, nurses, EMTs. That sacred ability is also inherent in welders, bartenders, factory workers and students. Emergency medical professionals in Sioux Falls are reaching out to everyone, equipping people with the basic tools to save lives.

When soon-to-be sixth grader Nicholas Galvin stops by the mall with his mom, he walks out with a lot more than a few shopping bags.

“She had this machine, and I opened it up and she told me how to use it and it was, like, shock pads that you put on to the person and it shocked him,” Galvin says. “And then to hand press, you go like this, and you push down on the chest about two inches.”

Galvin is only eleven years old, but he’s just learned two simple strategies that could help him save a life. It happens on a shopping trip when something unique catches his eye.

“I saw these, like, human half-body people, and I was like, what’s going on?” Galvin says.

“Yeah, they put us up on a stage/platform type of thing, and we have about, I think there’s about nine mannequins out there,” Kelly Grogan with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue says. “And what we’re hoping is that people will come up and just learn how to do hands-only CPR. Then once they just show us that a little bit and demonstrate, then they learn about the AED, the shocker thing, and we talk to them about the Pulsepoint App. So, it’s pretty simple. You don’t have to do very much, but we’re trying to make an awareness. That’s what you need to do.”

Read the full post by Kealey Bultena on South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

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May 20, 2013 | by

PulsePoint App growing in Sioux Falls

Avera Heart HospitalIf you saw a complete stranger having a cardiac arrest would you step in and help? In Sioux Falls the answer is yes. Hundreds of everyday citizens have already downloaded the Pulsepoint App and are just waiting to help save a life. In the KSFY Medical Minute Jake Iversen shows us how the program continues to grow in the Sioux Falls community.

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February 17, 2013 | by

Avera Heart Hospital partners with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue to enhance cardiac arrest survivability

Avera Heart Hospital BannerSioux Falls Fire Rescue (SFFR) and Avera Heart Hospital recently revealed the lifesaving PulsePoint smart phone application. PulsePoint is the technology advancement that will further enhance cardiac survivability by engaging every day citizens willing and able to perform CPR, and when available, the use of a Public Access Defibrillators (AED).

See the full story on the Avera Heart Hospital website.

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January 9, 2013 | by

PulsePoint – Turning Everyday Citizens Into Heroes

It seems like there’s an app for everything these days but of all the apps on your smart phone, is there one that could help you save a life? The Avera Heart Hospital has teamed up with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue to launch an app that can turn everyday citizens into life saving heroes.

On average it takes Sioux Falls emergency responders around six minutes to get on scene. But when it comes to sudden cardiac arrest those six minutes could mean the difference between life and death.

“I believe there are people out there, who are willing, able, and trained to do CPR and all they need to know is that there is a need for that.” Said Division Chief Jeff Helm with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue.

Say hello to PulsePoint, a free app for your smart phone that does exactly that. It’s an alert system that turns everyday people into lifesavers.

See the full story by Jake Iversen at KSFY Television (ABC).

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January 4, 2013 | by

Sioux Falls launching app that aims to save lives through CPR

Seal of the City of Sioux FallsSioux Falls is launching a smartphone app that will enable more people to help save lives.

People who are willing and able to perform CPR can download PulsePoint, an app for Android and iPhone that notifies users when an emergency happens in a public place. The app uses GPS to notify users within walking distance, so ideally he or she could be on scene faster than emergency responders, said Jeff Helm, Division Chief for Sioux Falls Fire Rescue.

Here’s an example of how it works:

Someone in Best Buy has a heart attack. Someone calls 911. When 911 dispatches EMS responders, the message is simultaneously sent to PulsePoint. The app uses GPS to notify users within a half-mile of the scene.

The free app shows your location, the location of the emergency and the location of the nearest Public Access Defibrillator.

Read the full article by Sarah Reinecke at the Argus Leader.

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January 4, 2013 | by

Sioux Falls now covered by lifesaving smart phone app!

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue
Sioux Falls, South Dakota – On Tuesday January 8, 2013, at 10:45AM, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue (SFFR) and Avera Heart Hospital will be holding a press conference to announce the lifesaving PulsePoint smart phone application. Please join us at Avera Heart Hospital located at 4500 W 69th St, as we unveil the benefits of being a community covered by PulsePoint. Jon Soderholm, President and CEO of Avera Heart Hospital, Jim Sideras, Fire Chief of SFFR, along with other community partners will be on hand.

PulsePoint is the technology advancement that will further enhance cardiac survivability by engaging every day citizens willing and able to perform CPR, and when available, the use of a Public Access Defibrillators (AED). With the use of this Global Positioning System (GPS) powered iPhone and Android App, community members can provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. App subscribers that have indicated they are able and willing to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can now be alerted if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. This notification only occurs when the incident is in a public place and will also indicate where the nearest Public Access Defibrillator (AED) is located.Avera Heart Hospital

Early intervention during sudden cardiac arrests will make that lifesaving difference in our goal to improve survivability. The PulsePoint mobile app will do that by reducing collapse-to-CPR times and increasing citizen awareness of cardiac events beyond the traditional “witnessed” area. It also can reduce collapse-to-defibrillation times by increasing awareness of public access defibrillator (PAD) locations through real-time mapping of nearby devices.

Jeff Helm, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue

Marilyn Paddock, Avera Heart Hospital

Download original City of Sioux Falls Press Release here.

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