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Smartphone app, CPR training, AED registration ordinance

 


Councilman Dan Gilman, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, and Mayor William Peduto, along with other partners, have announced a three-pronged plan to improve public safety services and enable residents to take action while awaiting response by EMS professionals:

• The launch of PulsePoint, a smartphone application to alert bystanders throughout Allegheny County of nearby cardiac arrest incidents and emergencies requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

• The expansion of a CPR training program for residents of the City of Pittsburgh

• Councilman Gilman will introduce legislation to require the registration of Automated External Defibrillator (AED) devices in Pittsburgh 

“Bringing PulsePoint, an expanded CPR training program, and the AED registry to the Pittsburgh region will empower residents to become Good Samaritans and assist our award-winning EMS professionals to save lives during cardiac arrest incidents,” said Councilman Gilman.

“We know that mere minutes can save peoples’ lives and through this public-private partnership, we have the ability to allow citizens offer that lifesaving help,” said Mr. Fitzgerald.

“Pulsepoint brings together so much of what is great about Pittsburgh, from being a leader in both technology and health care, to being the home residents and public safety personnel who are always there to help one another,” said Mayor Peduto.

The PulsePoint app works directly with the computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system of the Allegheny County Emergency Services 911 Center. When an incident requiring an AED or CPR is reported to 911, citizen users of the app and trained EMS professionals will simultaneously receive a notification of the emergency, thereby increasing a patient’s chance of survival.

The PulsePoint Respond App alerts citizens trained in CPR of events necessitating the lifesaving measure. Pittsburgh residents will now have access to an expanded CPR training program.

The PulsePoint AED App notifies bystanders of sudden cardiac arrests in the vicinity, which may require the use of an AED and the location of the nearest AED device. During the regular meeting of Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday, July 12, Councilman Dan Gilman will introduce legislation mandating the registration of AED devices in the City of Pittsburgh.

Data shows that each minute without CPR reduces the chance of survival by 7-10 percent. Bystander intervention in the critical early moments of sudden cardiac arrest can increase blood flow to the brain and heart and according to the American Heart Association, can double or triple an individual’s chance for survival.

PulsePoint was launched last week at the Allegheny County Emergency Services Center. Partners include the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC. Funding for the project was provided by the Henry L. Hillman Foundation.

PulsePoint is now available for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store and Google Play.

 

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