PulsePoint app to help heart attack patients now available across SLO County

PulsePoint app to help heart attack patients now available across SLO County

August 29, 2019 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


an app that allows everyday people to save lives is now available across town Louis Obispo County KS py news reporter aja Gore joins us live from outside the Cal fire station in San Luis Obispo aja what’s this app word shooting Carina Cal Fire San Luis Obispo and the five cities Fire Authority now officially using that PulsePoint app meaning people across San Luis Obispo County can receive a notification when their neighbor might be in need of potentially life-saving CPR it’s going to show you where it’s located and it’s going to show you what resources are responding on it in the palm of his hand Cal Fire Captain Rob Jenkins holds a log of emergency calls across San Luis Obispo County you can see in the app here all these yellow dots are displaying the locations of Aedes this app PulsePoint not just for emergency personnel like Jenkins it’s public allowing everyday people to become heroes in time of need if a 9-1-1 call comes in of somebody having sudden cardiac arrest the app is going to alert people that are within walking distance about half a mile of that call who’ve said they wanted to be alerted this is Joel he just suffered a sudden cardiac arrest the polls point website explains meet Scott an off-duty firefighter out running errands and Donna a financial planner working next door because they were nearby and quickly alerted they’re now able to provide life-saving care until emergency responders arrive a Santa Barbara County man told us last year about how he did just that when his PulsePoint app sent an alert little scary but it was exciting you know to actually run over and maybe make that difference it helps give us a viable patient when we arrive the chance that we’ll be able to get a heart rhythm started again it’s much higher and then the chance that the patient will have lasting deficit from that cardiac arrest is a lot lower national data shows just 8% of people who suffer cardiac arrest or heart attack survive could take first responders even in an urban area eight to ten minutes to arrive every minute that goes by without CPR the chance of survival reduces by about 10 percent or after 10 minutes the chance of reviving somebody is about zero it is important to be CPR certified before responding to any of those notices on the app CPR training is offered multiple times per year here in San Luis Obispo County you can get training through Cal Poly the Red Cross even your local fire departments live in San Luis Obispo I’m aja Gore KSBY news all right AJ thank you the app is already being used by San Luis Obispo City firefighters and Santa Barbara County Fire SLO City Fire says that more than 950 people have already downloaded the app