|By Business Wire
|June 3, 2014 01:00 PM EDT
PulsePoint AED, a new mobile application designed to build a
comprehensive registry of automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
available for use during cardiac emergencies, was released today by the
PulsePoint Foundation at the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU)
2014 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The PulsePoint Foundation is a
non-profit organization dedicated to providing mobile technologies to
help everyday citizens save lives.
The PulsePoint AED app enables users to gather location data and images of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and share that information with their local public safety agencies. The PulsePoint AED app works in conjunction with the lifesaving PulsePoint Respond app. Both apps are available for free download for mobile devices. (Photo: Business Wire)
Physio-Control, the leading provider of emergency medical response
technologies worldwide, is the marketing and implementation partner of
When a cardiac emergency strikes, finding an automated external
defibrillator (AED) can help save a life. But that takes knowing where
AEDs are located. “The PulsePoint AED registry is one of the largest and
fastest growing defibrillator databases in the world,” said Richard
Price, president of the PulsePoint Foundation. “The new PulsePoint AED
app strengthens the chain of survival for cardiac arrest victims by
empowering CPR/AED-aware citizens to report up-to-date AED location
information to local authorities and to make that information
immediately available to dispatchers and trained bystanders nearby.”
Once the location of AEDs enters the database via the PulsePoint AED
app, all validated AEDs become visible in the PulsePoint Respond app,
which means that AED information is provided to the local emergency
communications center for instant display on dispatcher consoles during
calls for assistance. This allows the dispatchers to direct callers to
public AEDs near them during an emergency.
“PulsePoint AED is a great way for agencies to build comprehensive AED
registries while involving local citizens. Users of PulsePoint and
subscribing local emergency responders all get updated information about
the AEDs in their communities,” said Cameron Pollock, Vice President of
Marketing, Physio-Control, Inc. “With PulsePoint AED and PulsePoint
Respond, citizens, responders and medical care providers can effectively
work together in their communities to help save lives.”
“Keeping AED location information current is a significant challenge,”
said Jeff Helm, Division Chief, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue in South Dakota.
“PulsePoint AED will increase community awareness of AED locations and
will simplify the task of discovering devices missing from our
registry.” In 2012 Sioux Falls Fire Rescue received the Harvard
University Kennedy School of Government Ash Institute’s Bright Ideas
Award for their public access defibrillator (PAD) program.
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with the PulsePoint
Foundation on another life-saving resource for our community,” said Tomi
Ryba, president and chief executive officer of El Camino Hospital in
California. “This week is National CPR and AED Awareness Week and the
launch of the PulsePoint AED app is a great opportunity for our
community to actively participate in identifying local AEDs and
educating themselves about the life-saving potential of CPR and AEDs.”
PulsePoint AED is the second app created by the PulsePoint Foundation.
PulsePoint Respond was launched in 2011 and empowers everyday citizens
to provide lifesaving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest.
Last month in Portland, Oregon, off-duty firefighter Scott Brawner was
working out at a local health club when he received an alert through
PulsePoint Respond. Brawner responded and performed CPR until advanced
care arrived. Alerts provided by the PulsePoint Respond app helped save
the cardiac arrest victim’s life. The PulsePoint Respond app has been
downloaded more than 200,000 times to date.
PulsePoint AED and PulsePoint Respond are available to the public free
of charge for Apple iOS and Google Android devices from the Apple App
Store and Google Play. Engineering for both applications is provided by
volunteers at Workday, Inc. Public safety agencies interested in
implementing PulsePoint may contact their local Physio-Control
representative or call 800-442-1142.
About sudden cardiac arrest
SCA is a leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for an
estimated 325,000 deaths each year/1,000 deaths per day. The American
Heart Association estimates that effective bystander CPR, provided
immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s
chance of survival. However, only about one quarter of SCA victims
receive bystander CPR and even fewer receive a potentially lifesaving
therapeutic shock from a public access AED. Improving bystander CPR
rates and access to AEDs is critical to survival.
Physio-Control, Inc. is headquartered in Redmond, Washington. The
company operates in over 100 countries and is the world’s leading
provider of professional emergency medical response solutions that
predict or intervene in life threatening emergencies. To learn more
or connect at www.facebook.com/physiocontrolinc,
About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San
Francisco Bay Area. Its mission is to make it much easier for citizens
who are trained in CPR to use their life saving skills to do just
that…save lives! Through the use of modern, location-aware mobile
devices PulsePoint is building applications that work with local public
safety agencies to improve communications with citizens and empower them
to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest.
Learn more at www.pulsepoint.org
or join the conversation at http://www.facebook.com/PulsePoint
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