Coppell residents now have the opportunity to lend their skills and help save lives in their community through PulsePoint - an emergency notification program, featuring two companion mobile applications, designed to increase the survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest.
The apps - PulsePoint Respond and PulsePoint Automated External Defibrillator (AED) - work by alerting Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)-trained residents of cardiac events in their vicinity so that they may administer necessary aid before emergency response teams arrive. They also help build a comprehensive AED registry in the community and provide the exact location of the closest AED in an emergency. The PulsePoint program apps (PulsePoint Respond and PulsePoint AED) are free-to-download for iOS and Android devices.
The goal of PulsePoint Respond is to empower everyday heroes to provide life‐saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). PulsePoint Respond app subscribers who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and willing to assist in case of an emergency can be notified if someone nearby is having a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and may require CPR. If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the location-aware application will alert users in the vicinity of the need for CPR simultaneous with the dispatch of advanced medical care. The application also directs these potential rescuers to the exact location of the closest AED.
PulsePoint Respond's companion app, PulsePoint AED, allows individuals to report and update AED locations so that emergency responders, including nearby citizens, can find an AED close to them when a cardiac emergency occurs. Anyone can help build the community registry by using PulsePoint AED to describe the location of an AED and add a picture. This information is then staged for local authorities to verify. After that, the AED location data can be made available to dispatchers and anyone using the PulsePoint Respond app.
Coordinated through local fire and EMS departments, the apps have been released in the tri-cities of Coppell, Addison, and Carrollton. In addition to nearby 'CPR-needed' notifications, PulsePoint subscribers can also follow their local fire department and choose to be notified of significant events such as fires, flooding, and utility emergencies that may impact their family. Using PulsePoint can increase bystander CPR to the roughly 350,000 cardiac arrests that happen outside the hospital each year, helping to build safer, stronger, and more resilient communities.
The Coppell Fire Department offers free monthly CPR classes at Life Safety Park. Visit LSP's Registration Page and search CPR for more information and to sign up.
About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) public non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through the use of location-aware mobile devices, PulsePoint is building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens and professional emergency responders, increase civic engagement and empower the community to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest. Learn more at the Pulsepoint website.
About Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Although a heart attack can lead to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the two are not the same. SCA is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly, whereas a heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked, but the heart continues to beat. Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur, making it the leading cause of death in the United States.
Survival rates nationally for SCA are less than eight percent, but the delivery of CPR can sustain life until paramedics arrive by maintaining vital blood flow to the heart and brain. However, only about a third of SCA victims receive bystander CPR. Without CPR, brain damage or death can occur in minutes. The average Emergency Medical Service (EMS) response time is nine minutes, even in urban settings; after 10 minutes there is little chance of successful resuscitation. The American Heart Association estimates that effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after SCA, can double or triple a person's chance of survival.