New Smartphone App Assists in Cardiac Emergencies

The Alameda County Fire Department is releasing a smartphone application (app) that allows community members to provide live-saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Alameda County is the first multi-agency regional dispatch center to deploy the global positioning system (GPS) app for iPhone and Android phones, called PulsePoint. When someone uses the app, it notifies trained community members in the vicinity of the need for emergency. The app also directs the “community responder” to the exact location of the closest public access automated external defibrillator. Made possible by funding from the Alameda County Emergency Medical Services Agency, app subscribers are community members who have indicated they have training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
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