A new “quick aid” free CPR app for San Diego residents called PulsePoint is aimed at saving thousands of lives by getting help to cardiac arrest victims faster. The app was made available to San Diegans Monday.
PulsePoint is activated when 911 is dialed and local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers or firefighters are dispatched, according to a local San Diego Fox News affiliate. Locals who are trained in CPR and who have downloaded the app are alerted if they are within a quarter-mile radius of the victim.
The registered and CPR-trained Samaritans who arrive on the scene are able to administer CPR until paramedics arrive there, notes Fox.
“On thousands of San Diegans’ phones, we can essentially crowd source the delivery of early CPR, before the first responders get there,” said Ron Roberts who serves as county supervisor for San Diego’s Fourth District. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the PulsePoint app also provides users a real-time map of where the closest publicly available Automated External Defibrillators (AED) are located for use.
With every minute that a patient or heart attack victim goes without receiving necessary CPR, their chances of survival decrease by ten percent.
The app, which is available for free to San Diego residents, cost the city approximately $100,000 from the public safety fund and is available on iOS and Android platforms.