PulsePoint app notifies nearby CPR-trained individuals so they may administer aid to cardiac arrest victims until paramedics arrive
WASHINGTON, March 3, 2015 – The Wireless Foundation and the PulsePoint Foundation announced an extension of their partnership to bring the free PulsePoint app to additional communities across America. As a Key Sponsor of PulsePoint in 2015, The Wireless Foundation will support PulsePoint’s mission to empower everyday citizens to use their smartphones to help save lives. Crowdsourcing citizens with CPR training, the free location-based mobile app alerts users in the immediate vicinity of cardiac arrest emergencies to provide first aid before professional first responders arrive on the scene.
If the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is in a public place, the application, using advanced wireless location technology, will notify citizens trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) who are in the vicinity. The app also directs these citizen responders to the location of the closest publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
With national survival rates for SCA at less than eight percent, nearly 350,000 people die each year in the United States from cardiac arrest. Yet when effective CPR is administered within five minutes after a cardiac arrest, it can potentially double or triple a person’s chance of survival, but less than half receive this timely assistance.
Currently, PulsePoint is available in more than 1,100 communities in 22 states, including Albuquerque, Cleveland, Columbus, Jersey City, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Madison, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Spokane, and Tucson. The free PulsePoint app is available for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store and Google Play or you may visit http://www.pulsepoint.org/download/.
About The Wireless Foundation
The Wireless Foundation (www.wirelessfoundation.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to developing and supporting initiatives that use wireless technology to help American communities. The Foundation’s innovative programs benefit consumers in areas including education, health, safety and the environment. The Foundation was formed by CTIA-The Wireless Association® member companies in 1991.
About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) 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, empowering them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Deployment of the PulsePoint app can significantly strengthen the “chain of survival” by improving bystander response to cardiac arrest victims and increasing the chance that lifesaving steps will be taken prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS). PulsePoint is supported by the Wireless Foundation, built and maintained by volunteer engineers at Workday and distributed by our marketing and implementation partner Physio-Control, Inc. Learn more at www.pulsepoint.org or join the conversation at Facebook and Twitter.
The Wireless Foundation: Amy Storey, [email protected], 202-736-3207
PulsePoint: Shannon Smith, [email protected], 616-724-4256