PulsePoint Response: Encouraging Community Responders
PulsePoint Response is a groundbreaking 911-integrated mobile app that plays an important role in connecting CPR-trained citizens with individuals experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. Its goal is simple yet powerful: to initiate CPR earlier and more frequently, while also increasing the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) before emergency responders arrive on the scene.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the Importance of Early CPR
Sudden cardiac arrest is a serious medical situation that requires immediate attention. It can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. When it occurs, the heart stops beating, and the victim loses consciousness. Without immediate CPR, the victim's chances of survival decrease rapidly.
Early CPR, especially if performed within the first few minutes of a cardiac arrest, can double or even triple a victim's chance of survival. This is where PulsePoint's role becomes such a vital reliance. By alerting CPR-trained bystanders to nearby cardiac emergencies, PulsePoint ensures that victims receive early CPR, even before professional emergency responders arrive.
Lifesaving CPR and the PulsePoint Respond App
The PulsePoint Respond app is a free tool available for download on the Apple App Store, Google Play and other app stores. It is designed to support community-based responses to cardiac arrest events. When a cardiac arrest occurs in a public place, the app sends notifications to users in the vicinity, providing them with the victim's location and nearby Automated External Defibrillator (AED) locations.
The PulsePoint AED registry is a comprehensive database of AED locations, which is crucial in a cardiac arrest event. The sooner defibrillation can occur, the better the victim's chances of survival. By applying lifesaving CPR and using an AED, CPR-trained bystanders can make a significant difference in a stranger's life.
The Difference Early CPR Makes
According to the American Heart Association, about 90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. However, CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a person's chance of survival. This highlights the importance of early CPR and the role of PulsePoint in facilitating it.
The Importance of CPR as a First Line of Defense
Cardiac arrest can strike anyone, anytime, anywhere. Without immediate CPR, brain damage or death can occur within minutes. Research by the American Heart Association reveals that effective bystander CPR can double or triple a person's chance of survival. However, the national average for bystander CPR rate is only 46%, with Cincinnati falling below at 30%.
With PulsePoint Response, we can bridge this gap by empowering everyday citizens to provide critical care in those crucial first moments. By initiating CPR earlier and increasing the availability and accessibility of AEDs, we can significantly improve survival rates and make a lasting impact on our community's health and well-being.