Addison, Carrollton and other cities have partnered with the North Texas Emergency Communications Center to bring PulsePoint technology to North Texas. This app is potentially lifesaving, as its goal is to get CPR-trained bystanders to help someone having a cardiac emergency.
“When that life-threatening call comes in, emergency responders will be ready,” stated PulsePoint’s website. “But what if someone was already at the scene, applying lifesaving CPR and defibrillation until they arrive? With PulsePoint, the dispatch center immediately alerts CPR-trained individuals about nearby cardiac arrest events through the free PulsePoint Respond mobile app, and also lets them know the location of the closest AEDs.”
According to information on PulsePoint’s website, 57 percent of U.S. adults say they’ve had CPR training and most would be willing to use CPR or an AED to help save a stranger’s life. However, only 11 percent say they’ve used CPR in an actual emergency.
“Sudden Cardiac Arrest is not just a job for emergency responders, but rather a community-based issue that requires a community-based response,” stated the International Association of Fire Chief’s website. “In no other medical situation is there such a vital reliance on the community.”
In an interview with CBS news, Chief Gregg Salmi with the Carrollton Fire Department said, “That intervention is crucial. As long as you keep the blood flowing, that gives us the best chance possible to revive that patient.” He added that they can teach community members to do CPR compressions in just 30 minutes at their fire stations.
If you are CPR-trained and want to help, download the free PulsePoint Respond app today. You will be notified when a cardiac arrest event happens near you, and it will help you find the closest AED.