The PulsePoint application, which connects a victim of sudden cardiac arrest in San Luis Obispo with a person who is willing to conduct CPR in the area, just reached more than 4,000 subscribers.
Last year, the app had 2,410 subscribers - nearly doubling the subscriber base to 4,268 users over the past year.
Over the past three months, 76 subscribers were alerted to possible cardiac arrest incidents. Each minute that passes after sudden cardiac arrest results in a 10 percent reduction in likelihood of survival, according to the American Heart Association, making every second matter.
A fire, ambulance and PulsePoint responder are notified within seconds of a 9-11 call to the City’s Emergency Communications Center. The app provides information on how to perform CPR and the location of where someone can access the closest Automated External Defibrillator.
The San Luis Obispo City Fire Department started the app on Nov. 2016. The app costs $8,000 a year and is funded through the revenue from the voter-approved local sales tax, Measure G.
For more information on the app, you can go to pulsepoint.org