Snohomish County Fire Departments, Snohomish County 911 and the Medic One Foundation on Tuesday announced the launch of PulsePoint, a free mobile app that helps community members save lives.
PulsePoint uses tracking technology to alert CPR trained residents of nearby cardiac arrest. These residents can then respond voluntarily and begin CPR in the vital critical minutes before first responders arrive. PulsePoint also directs potential rescuers to the nearest Automated External Defibrillator (AED) location.
“Early CPR and defibrillation provided by bystanders can dramatically increase survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest,” said South County Emergency Medical Services Deputy Chief Shaughn Maxwell. “You can help firefighters and paramedics save more lives in our community. We ask you to join our team in learning CPR and downloading the PulsePoint app.
PulsePoint is being launched in Snohomish County with a grant from the Medic One Foundation, which has worked to provide this technology to communities in the Puget Sound area.
In addition to nearby ‘needed for CPR’ notifications, PulsePoint Respond users can track their local fire department, view general information for all 911 calls, and choose to be notified of important events that may have an impact. on their family.
The companion app, PulsePoint AED, allows users to report and update public AED locations so emergency responders and community members can find a nearby AED in the event of a cardiac emergency. Snohomish County 911 dispatchers will also be able to access and share these AED locations with 911 callers.
PulsePoint Respond and PulsePoint AED are both available for free download from the Apple App Store and Google Play. For more information, visit www.pulsepoint.org/.
South County Fire offers hands-on CPR training as part of its free 1-hour ACT first aid course offered online. Learn more and register online at www.southsnofire.org/ACT.
Here are some facts about the importance of Bystander CPR:
- From the time 911 is called, it can take first responders seven to 14 minutes to arrive at a medical emergency.
- After 10 minutes without intervention following cardiac arrest, there is little chance of successful resuscitation.
- In 2020, residents of Snohomish County who suffered cardiac arrest outside of a hospital had a less than 13% chance of surviving discharge from hospital. With the intervention of spectators, this rate improves to more than 50%.
- The American Heart Association believes that effective CPR, given immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chances of survival.