A new “quick aid” free CPR app for San Diego residents called PulsePoint is aimed at saving thousands of lives by getting help to cardiac arrest victims faster. The app was made available to San Diegans Monday, July 28, 2014.
The County of San Diego, City of San Diego, San Diego County Fire Chiefs’ Association and other local agencies have joined forces to launch a regional smartphone application that lets citizens trained in CPR know when their assistance is urgently needed in the critical moments before paramedics arrive. The app, called PulsePoint, was designed to quickly bring help to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). The region is one of the largest in the U.S. to activate the app. Officials will discuss the technology’s potential, how citizens can use it and where to learn compression-only CPR tactics for free starting Monday (note: not for certification).
PulsePoint is activated when 911 is dialed and local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers or firefighters are dispatched, according to a local San Diego Fox News affiliate. Locals who are trained in CPR and who have downloaded the app are alerted if they are within a quarter-mile radius of the victim.
The registered and CPR-trained Samaritans who arrive on the scene are able to administer CPR until paramedics arrive.