City Implements New PulsePoint Respond Smartphone App
App allows CPR/AED trained users to respond to nearby cardiac emergencies
The City of Naperville is proud to announce the launch of the PulsePoint Respond smartphone app. Available for both iOS and Android devices, this app reports cardiac emergencies to registered users at the same time as the City’s Dispatch system sends out an Emergency Medical Service (EMS) team. The purpose is to allow cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or automated external defibrillation (AED) to be administered more rapidly by nearby citizens and, thus, increase the chances of patient survival.
The app uses location-based technology to determine which registered and CPR/AED-certified users are within a 12-block radius of a cardiac emergency and notify them via push notifications on their smartphone. This app also lists where all nearby publically accessible AED units for use in live-saving efforts. There are currently more than 100 AED units in Naperville registered with the system in public buildings, parks, schools, churches, businesses and museums, among other locations.
“According to the American Heart Association, for each minute that CPR or defibrillation is not given to a cardiac patient, their chances of survival decrease by seven to 10 percent,” Naperville Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis explained. “While the Fire Department has an impeccable response record, seconds can save lives. This is why we are reaching out to residents and local business owners to help us in cases of cardiac arrest.”
The Fire Department is also actively seeking new partnerships with local businesses and organizations who are interested in installing AED units. Fire personnel will assist with training employees in how to use the equipment properly. For more information on this opportunity, contact the Naperville Fire Department at (630) 305-5900.
For more information on PulsePoint Respond, visit www.naperville.il.us/pulsepoint.
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.