The Escondido Fire Department has launched a free lifesaving Smartphone app called PulsePoint.
PulsePoint users who have indicated they are trained in CPR and are willing to assist will be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency.
Notifications of someone in need are made through the PulsePoint app by the fire dispatch center. The location-aware application will alert trained residents in the vicinity if the cardiac emergency is in a public place. Trained individuals can begin performing lifesaving CPR until first responders arrive. The application also directs PulsePoint users to the exact location of the closest publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
Fire Chief Mike Lowry told The Times-Advocate: “Starting CPR early, before paramedics arrive, greatly increases a patient’s survival rate from a cardiac emergency. We know PulsePoint will be a powerful tool in our efforts to increase heart attack survival rates in Escondido.”
In addition to the lifesaving CPR notifications, the application alerts users to other noteworthy emergencies such as fires, traffic accidents, and other hazardous conditions.
The free PulsePoint app can be downloaded from either the Apple App Store or Google Play by simply searching for “PulsePoint.”
Additional information about PulsePoint can be found at www.pulsepoint.org.