February 10, 2014 | by

Cleveland Clinic, City Of Cleveland and Westshore Fire Departments Launch Smartphone App to Help Improve Community Response to Sudden Cardiac Arrest

PulsePoint Connects CPR-Trained Citizens to Cardiac Emergencies

Monday, February 10, 2014, Cleveland: Cleveland Clinic in conjunction with the City of Cleveland and five WestShore fire departments has launched the PulsePoint CPR/AED smartphone app to help improve sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival rates.

The PulsePoint app helps improve community response to SCA victims by notifying and enabling citizen bystanders that lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is needed and where someone can access a nearby automated external defibrillator (AED).

“Cleveland Clinic’s heart program continues to rank as the best in the nation and we saw it as a natural fit to bring the PulsePoint tool to Northeast Ohio,” said Brad Borden, M.D., Chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Emergency Services Institute. “We hope that local citizens will join us in our fight to combat the No. 1 cause of death in the United States and encourage everyone that is trained in CPR to download and use the application.”

The PulsePoint software has been integrated with the computer aided dispatch systems in the cities of Cleveland, Bay Village, Westlake, Rocky River, Fairview Park and North Ridgeville. Upon receiving a call regarding a suspected sudden cardiac arrest victim, the 911/emergency communication center activates an alert to PulsePoint app users simultaneously with the dispatch of local emergency medical services (EMS). Using a smart phone’s geolocation service, the app directs citizen responders within close proximity, to the victim’s location and the nearest public access AED. The alert will only notify app users when an emergency is taking place in a public setting.

“This is another example of the strong partnership the City of Cleveland has with Cleveland Clinic that helps improve quality of life for citizens and visitors of this community,” said Cleveland EMS Commissioner Nicole Carlton. “PulsePoint will provide the general public a unique opportunity to assist in the reduction of cardiac arrest mortality and partner with our first responders in a meaningful way. The app also provides detailed locations of all of the automated external defibrillators installed and maintained by the Division of EMS. Rapid application of defibrillation and CPR can improve survival rates to sudden cardiac arrest exponentially.”

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for an estimated 325,000 deaths each year or 1,000 deaths per day. When SCA occurs, the heart stops beating in an effective, organized manner. As a result, blood is no longer pumped throughout the body. The person suddenly passes out and appears lifeless, except for abnormal gasping which may last several minutes. Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. Failure to act and doing nothing in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths.

“The seconds and minutes following a sudden cardiac arrest are critical to saving a person’s life,” said Bay Village Fire Chief Christopher Lyons. “The PulsePoint app will allow citizens to partner with their local fire departments in providing immediate assistance to those in such need. We very much appreciate that the Cleveland Clinic has partnered with the WestShore fire departments to bring this technology and its potential lifesaving assistance to the communities we serve. We hope that everyone with CPR training will download this app immediately. We also hope that people will consider signing up for a CPR class if they are not yet trained.”

The free PulsePoint app is available to the public for Apple iOS and Google Android devices from the Apple App Store and Google Play. After downloading, select “Cleveland EMS” and “WestShore Fire Departments” as the agencies to follow. There is also a “CPR How-To” section on the app that offers instructions on performing CPR for those not certified.

“We are very excited to partner with Cleveland Clinic and bring PulsePoint to the citizens of Cleveland,” said Richard Price, President of the PulsePoint Foundation. “This allows us to expand our reach in offering the lifesaving capabilities of the app and help improve cardiac arrest survival rates throughout the region.”

About Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals, more than 75 Northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 16 full-service Family Health Centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and, currently under construction, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2012, there were 5.1 million outpatient visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 157,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 130 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

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.

Editor’s Note: Cleveland Clinic News Service is available to provide broadcast-quality interviews and B-roll upon request.

Contact
Jenny Popis
Cleveland Clinic, Corporate Communications
popisj@ccf.org
216.444.8853

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January 17, 2014 | by

University Hospitals phone app to help First Responders

Chagrin Valley Dispatch Nick DiCiccoCLEVELAND — Firefighters, police and EMS want you to get involved.

University Hospitals is among the first in Ohio to be equipping the police and fire crews with a new smart phone app that enlists the public as part of the front-line responders when someone nearby is suffering from a heart attack.

University Hospitals has made the cities of South Russell, Chagrin Falls, Chagrin Falls Township, Bentleyville, Gates Mills, Hunting Valley, Moreland Hills, Orange, Woodmere and Highland Hills the first group to institute the PulsePoint notification system.

The new Chagrin Valley Dispatch Center, based out of UH Bedford Medical Center, is at the center of the new technological advancement as the system has now been integrated into the 9-1-1 protocols.

The set of 10 cities are under UH ambulance protocols as the health system purchased the licensing agreement from the company with the intent of enrolling all of the fire department and EMS crews under its jurisdiction with the programming.

Read the full article by Monica Robins at WKYC.

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January 17, 2014 | by

App Sends Out Alert When Someone Needs CPR

BEDFORD, Ohio– No doubt, CPR and minutes matter when someone is having a heart attack. There is new technology that sends out an alert that someone is in cardiac arrest. It means anyone can be a lifesaver if they have a smartphone.

The new Chagrin Valley Dispatch Center, now in the basement of Bedford Medical Center, opened this week. It serves ten communities.

PulsePoint is connected to the 911 calls that come in. It is a new app for smartphones that sends out an alert that someone is in cardiac arrest.

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Lt. Nick DiCicco with the Orange Police Dept. oversees the dispatch center. He said the PulsePoint app works within a quarter-mile radius of the person’s phone. “It automatically sends the call information up to the PulsePoint servers and the PulsePoint servers then deploy it out to anybody who has downloaded the app,” Lt. DiCicco explained.

It’s for anyone who is CPR-certified and willing to try to save a life before EMS arrives.

Dan Ellenberger, University Hospitals Director of EMS Training and Disaster Preparedness, said in cardiac emergency situations it’s about getting hands on the chest. “We trained 14,000 people last year in CPR. So, there are 14,000 responders out there that can actually save a life if they knew that someone was having a cardiac arrest,” Ellenberger added.

You don’t have to live in the Chagrin Valley area to download the PulsePoint app on your phone. “You could be visiting Orange Place in Orange Village and having dinner at the Bahama Breeze and if we are responding to that area and someone is in cardiac arrest — you have the app; you will be alerted,” Lt. DiCicco said.

When PulsePoint sends out the alert, it will also show where to find the nearest defibrillator for that call. Lt. DiCicco says PulsePoint has been used in the Columbus area this past year and is credited with saving about a dozen lives. “When an ambulance gets called out it can be between a 4-6 minutes response time and if we can get a lay person there within 1 to 2 minutes to start CPR and maybe do a defibrillation — it will absolutely save a life,” Lt. DiCicco added.

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January 15, 2014 | by

Pulsepoint app makes its way to Cleveland

Nick DiCiccoBEDFORD, Ohio – A new emergency dispatch center in Bedford will go online with a life-saving app for smart phone users later this month. PulsePoint, an app that allows CPR–trained individuals to be alerted through their phone’s GPS system if they are within a quarter of a mile on an emergency needing CPR help.

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“It will show you all of the EMS calls. It leaves out the street numbers, (for privacy purposes) it will only show you the street name, but if it’s a business name it will tell you the Hampton Inn, or The Home Depot and you can over there and it will also show you where the closest A.E.D. is where you can go over and grab it for public use and deliver a defibrillation shock if needed,” said Nick DiCicco, Lieutenant for the Orange Police Department.

Columbus has been using the Pulsepoint app with success for over a year. Survival rates have gone up everywhere it has been implemented, according to University Hospital’s Director of EMS Training and Disaster Preparedness, Dan Ellenberger.

“Anything we can do to hedge the bet to get great basic life-saving support to that patient faster, they’re going to live,” said Ellenberger.

Ellenberger and DiCicco are expecting its ten community service area to reap the app’s rewards almost right away.

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University Hospitals, East Side suburbs use PulsePoint app to enlist CPR-trained people to help first responders

The PulsePoint app lets any CPR-trained user know when there is an emergency within a quarter mile, and also provides the location of the nearest defibrillator. The app is coordinated with emergency dispatch centers and aims to get CPR to victims of cardiac arrest as quickly as possible, saving valuable minutes in an emergency.

CVD App ImageCLEVELAND, Ohio– If someone collapses in a public place and needs CPR, University Hospitals and an East Side 9-1-1 dispatch center are now using an app called PulsePoint to let ordinary citizens know about it, hoping that people with CPR training who are close at hand will step in until emergency workers arrive.

PulsePoint is a free app launched in 2009 after San Ramon Valley Fire Chief Richard Price watched his own fire department’s trucks arrive to a medical emergency at a store next to the deli where he was eating lunch. A man at the store had collapsed and needed CPR, but because it was a medical emergency, Price didn’t know about it.

“If it had been a big fire, they would have called me,” Price said. “But these calls happen all the time. Had I known, I probably could have made a difference, because I had a defibrillator in my car.” Fortunately, the man survived.

Price worked with engineering students at Northern Kentucky University to develop the app, and 500 cities in 16 states are now using it.

The PulsePoint system is incorporated into the 9-1-1 protocol: in an emergency in which a person suffers a sudden cardiac arrest in a public place, app users within a quarter-mile will receive a notification of the event and also see where the nearest automated external defibrillator (AED) is located. An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can deliver an electric shock to restore a normal rhythm if necessary.

Daniel Ellenberger, director of the EMS training & Disaster Preparedness Institute at UH, brought the technology to Northeast Ohio after seeing it demonstrated at a conference last year. Columbus-area emergency dispatchers began using the notification system over the summer.

“I thought this would be a great fit for us with our mission,” Ellenberger said. “Before anyone is going to survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, they have to have great CPR. We have to train people, but part of that is being notified that they’re needed.”

Read the full article by Brie Zeltner at The Plain Dealer.

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