Cleveland Clinic and five WestShore fire departments have launched the PulsePoint CPR/AED smartphone app to help improve sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival rates.
Bay Village Fire Chief Christopher Lyons introduced the program to Bay Village City Council Monday night with a presentation from Thomas Beers, Manager, Medical Services (EMS) and Bill Sillasen, EMS Director for Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals
“Our goal is to create an army of life-savers,” said Beers as he joined with Sillasen in showing how basic CPR knowledge and a quick EMS response will save lives.
The PulsePoint software has been integrated with the computer aided dispatch systems in the cities of Cleveland, Bay Village, Westlake, Rocky River, Fairview Park and North Ridgeville.
Upon receiving a call regarding a suspected sudden cardiac arrest victim, the 911/emergency communication center activates an alert to PulsePoint app users simultaneously with the dispatch of local emergency medical services (EMS).
Using a smart phone’s geolocation service, the app directs citizen responders within close proximity, to the victim’s location and the nearest public access AED. The alert will only notify app users when an emergency is taking place in a public setting.
“It alerts users to the location of the nearest AED, usually within ¼ of a mile. That is the area of a high school track,” said Beers.
“The seconds and minutes following a sudden cardiac arrest are critical to saving a person’s life,” said Bay Village Fire Chief Christopher Lyons.
“The PulsePoint app will allow citizens to partner with their local fire departments in providing immediate assistance to those in such need. We very much appreciate that the Cleveland Clinic has partnered with the West Shore fire departments to bring this technology and its potential lifesaving assistance to the communities we serve. We hope that everyone with CPR training will download this app immediately. We also hope that people will consider signing up for a CPR class if they are not yet trained.”
The free PulsePoint app is available to the public for Apple iOS and Google Android devices from the Apple App Store and Google Play. After downloading, select “Cleveland EMS” and “West Shore Fire Departments” as the agencies to follow.
There is also a “CPR How-To” section on the app that offers instructions on performing CPR for those not certified. “Even a basic knowledge of CPR technique can be enough to save a life,” said Sillasen.
CPR classes are offered the third Thursday of every month in Bay Village. Please call (440) 871-1214 to register.