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PulsePoint app connects cardiac arrest victims with bystanders who can help

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A new smartphone app could help save lives in the City of San Luis Obispo. 

SLO City Fire knows that time is critical when a person's heart has stopped beating, that's why they want to partner bystanders with first responders.
 
The PulsePoint app is meant for bystanders to quickly get involved if someone is in cardiac arrest. When you download the app, it will alert you if CPR services are needed within a quarter mile of your public location.

A notification will pop up with the address alerting you where to go to help and where the nearest AED machine is located.
 
Rachel May is an emergency room physician. She was at a concert and wasn't aware that a fellow concertgoer was experiencing a health crisis until paramedics arrived. She says if she was alerted by this app, she could have jumped in sooner.

"We would have been notified about ten minutes earlier that the person needed assistance and needed help and could have offered assistance much sooner," she said.
 
The PulsePoint app works with local dispatch software, alerting users when there is a medical emergency nearby.
 
"It is activated when someone is in sudden cardiac arrest and they are in a public place. It will route you to that patient, it will also show you to the location of the closest AED," said San Luis Obispo City Fire Chief Garret Olson.
 
Last year in San Luis Obispo, 216 adults went into cardiac arrest outside of hospitals.
 
"Every minute saved in giving someone CPR or AED their chance of survival goes up 10 percent," said Olson.
 
The app includes info on how to properly use an AED and perform CPR at the correct rate. SLO City Fire says a trained bystander who can provide help sooner significantly increases the chance of survival.
 
SLO City Fire encourages everyone to download the app. They say trying to save a life will do more good than harm, and in the case that something does go wrong, Good Samaritan laws offer legal protections. Santa Barbara County also uses the app.
 
With revenue from the voter-approved local sales tax Measure G, the free app is now available. SLO City Fire will debut the PulsePoint app this Thursday at the San Luis Obispo Downtown Farmers' Market. Citizens are encouraged to stop by and receive hands-only CPR training. 
 

The PulsePoint app is meant for bystanders to quickly get involved if someone is in cardiac arrest. (KSBY) The PulsePoint app is meant for bystanders to quickly get involved if someone is in cardiac arrest. (KSBY)
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