What appears to be a soft rollout or beta phase, Naperville Fire Department has showed up on the official Pulsepoint US Map as the first Illinois Fire-Rescue-EMS agency to rollout the PulsePoint app. As a PulsePoint-connected community, the Naperville Fire Department bridges the most important segment of the Emergency Medical Service response to sudden cardiac arrest — the first few minutes after collapse. The chance of survival significantly drops off after the first few minutes of collapse without CPR/AED rescue — even when fully-equipped paramedics arrive to the scene in 3-6 minutes.
The PulsePoint mobile smartphone app is a free app that allows registered users that are CPR-certified to be notified when a cardiac arrest medical emergency occurs in a public place. The app also notifies the user of the locations of the near AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators). The app sends out a text alert at the same time firefighter/paramedics are dispatched. The app does not apply to private residential locations.
The app also provides an incident listing for fire department calls, including traffic accidents, fires, medical emergencies and other emergency incidents. Medical emergencies at private residences are listed, but the exact numeric location is not listed for private residences.
A feature also permits users to monitor the fire radio communications of the participating Fire-Rescue-EMS agency. Currently, Naperville Fire Department does not include that capability. The feature would be especially useful, since Naperville Fire Department’s communications are not available on police/fire scanning radios that are used by media, off-duty police, firefighters and neighborhood watch groups to add safety and security to a community. The ability of the first responder to listen to the fire department communications is helpful to confirm the accuracy of the reported location, and to include added security to the first responder, especially in a case where the collapse turns out to be caused by a criminal action.
The PulsePoint mobile app is designed to reduce collapse-to-CPR and collapse-to-defibrillation times by increasing citizen awareness of cardiac events beyond a traditional “witnessed” area. The app also directs users to the precise location of nearby public AEDs. The free app is available for download on iTunes and Google Play.
Without PulsePoint implemented in a community, a CPR-trained individual could be just next-door to a store where a person has collapsed from a heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest incident, and be unaware. Awareness with the PulsePoint App could be the difference between life and death.
The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) formally launched PulsePoint on Wednesday, March 4th (2015) at an event at Woodrow Wilson High School in El Sereno where 120 students became CPR trained. Fire Chief Ralph M. Terrazas was joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAUSD ESC-East Superintendent Roberto Martinez, PulsePoint Foundation President Richard Price and The Wireless Foundation Executive Director Athena Polydorou to discuss the LAFD’s rollout of the free PulsePoint app.
As of today’s date, there is no mention of the PulsePoint program on the official Naperville website in the fire department and EMS category.
This is a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to raise awareness about an innovative new location-aware mobile application (iPhone and Android) from the PulsePoint Foundation. The app empowers everyday citizens to provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Application users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can now be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR (AVAILABLE IN ILLINOIS ONLY IN NAPERVILLE?).
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