New app finds nearby help for cardiac arrests

New app finds nearby help for cardiac arrests

New app finds nearby help for cardiac arrests

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by David Krough, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on January 29, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 29 at 5:18 PM

PORTLAND - Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue unveiled a new app Tuesday that allows those trained in CPR to be alerted to a nearby cardiac arrest case at the same time as paramedics.

Following a call to 911, the app uses location-based services to alert citizens of the need for CPR in a public place and where the nearest public access automated external defibrillator (AED) can be found.

PulsePoint can be found in the Apple App Store or in Android Apps on Google Play.

PulsePoint also acts as a real-time emergency scanner, showing active incidents and dispatched units and locations on an interactive map. Users can also to be notified of incidents by type.

“TVF&R's cardiac survival rates are some of the highest in the nation and this technology is another way in which we can, in partnership with our community, save even more lives," Fire Chief Mike Duyck said.

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Businesses, schools, and other public sites with an AED were asked to email TVF&R at aed@tvfr.com to ensure that their AED is the TVF&R's PulsePoint database.

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