New mobile phone app alerts users of cardiac arrest

The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) recently launched a free mobile app designed to save lives.

The app, available for iPhone or Droid at www.pulsepoint.org/pulsepoint-respond/, is aimed at citizens and off-duty professionals trained in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). It alerts users when a sudden cardiac arrest occurs in a public place near their location.

Informed at the same time as emergency responders, app users are given detailed instructions, including the nearby location of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs). The PulsePoint app is integrated with OCFA’s Emergency 911 Dispatch Center, allowing a user to quickly find a victim and begin CPR immediately while waiting for paramedics to arrive. PulsePoint also has an AED function that allows users to register the locations of publicly accessible AEDs.

The need for such an app is there. Cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death, affecting hundreds of thousands of people in the United States each year.

Download the app at www.pulsepoint.org/pulsepoint-respond/ and follow the instructions.

For more information, visit http://www.ocfa.org.

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