When we say mobility can help change lives, we mean it.
I am so excited by our Foundation’s important work to support the PulsePoint CPR and PulsePoint AED (Automated External Defibrillator) apps. If a cardiac emergency occurs in a public place, this location-aware app alerts nearby CPR-trained users while simultaneously dispatching professional first responders to the scene. In addition, the PulsePoint AED app tells CPR-trained citizen rescuers the location of the closest publicly accessible AED device.
Through The Wireless Foundation, we support the PulsePoint app because it’s another great example of how mobile is improving our lives. Smartphones are so much more than basic communication devices today, and with new functionalities like PulsePoint, we are just scratching the surface of what this dynamic and amazing platform can do.
Just last week, PulsePoint added Los Angeles County to its list of 675 communities in 17 states that made the life-saving app available to its citizens. Following PulsePoint’s deployment in LA County, the PulsePoint app was the #1 medical app in the United States in the Apple App Store.
The genesis of how PulsePoint started highlights the ingenuity of the app, and the dynamic way that we benefit from our mobile lifestyles.
A group of California firefighters were having lunch, and suddenly heard an ambulance siren nearby. When they went to see if they could help, they learned someone was suffering from a cardiac arrest, and needed CPR. They realized that if they would have been notified about the incident, they could have started helping the individual immediately.
With Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), every second counts.
- 30-50 percent of SCA victims would likely survive if CPR and AEDs were used within five minutes of collapse.
- SCA is a leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for an estimated 325,000 deaths each year or a death every two minutes.
- The national survival rates for SCA are less than eight percent.
With emergency response times in the United States averaging 10-12 minutes, PulsePoint CPR-trained citizens can start first aid before first responders are on the scene, keeping a victim’s blood circulating until the professional medical team arrives.
This is all part of wireless industry’s commitment to enhancing and improving our first responder system with new technologies and functionalities. We are working hard every day to give first responders the technical tools to do their jobs as effectively as possible.
The PulsePoint apps will be available in more than 200 additional communities over the next few weeks. Among the cities PulsePoint is available in today include: Cleveland, OH; Columbus, OH; Las Vegas, NV; Orlando, FL; San Diego, CA; Sioux Falls, SD; and Spokane, WA.
So if you’re CPR-trained, you could help save a life by downloading the PulsePoint CPR and PulsePoint AED apps. If it’s not available in your area, contact the PulsePoint Foundation to discuss implementation.