PulsePoint, a free, GPS-powered iPhone and Android app, alerts CPR-trained bystanders if somebody nearby is having a cardiac emergency. The app is activated by the public safety communications center, fire dispatch and EMS resources and is only activated if the emergency is occurring in a public place.
“Instead of relying on fate, PulsePoint is used to alert nearby Samaritans so CPR can begin immediately, and a (portable) automated external defibrillator can be (located),” Price said.
First rolled out by the Alameda County Fire Department, PulsePoint is now available to communities served by San Ramon Valley Fire, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, Fremont Fire Department, Alameda Fire Department, San Jose Fire Department and the Alameda County Regional Emergency Communications Center. The app can be downloaded from the iTunes store or Google Play.
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