An iPhone app, PulsePoint, marshals a community resource in its CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)-trained citizens to respond to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Who would have thought of that? Chief Richard Price of the San Ramon Valley, Calif., Fire Dept., that's who.
The civic-minded Fire Chief's location-aware app is free and may only come at a cost if it is not deployed. And that cost may be lives lost due to cardiac arrest.
If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the location-aware app will alert CPR-trained citizens in the vicinity of the need for assistance and simultaneous dispatch advanced medical services for the emergency. The application also directs these Good Samaritans to the exact location of the closest publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillator.
The app is gratis, provided and maintained by the PulsePoint Foundation. The supporting services are also free to public safety agencies who deploy the app in their community. Since the app interfaces the local public safety communications center, there may be charges from the vendor of your computer-aided dispatch system to make the connection. But the foundation is working with the CAD vendors to mitigate these fees with reuse efficiencies and grant opportunities.