Available for both iOS and Android devices, the PulsePoint Respond smartphone 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 that are 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.”
Learn more about PulsePoint Respond online or download the app for free now!