The Ramsey County Fire Chiefs Association introduced a new phone application that is now available and could help save lives. PulsePoint Respond is designed to bring help more quickly when a person is in cardiac arrest.
When a cardiac emergency is in a public place, a Ramsey County dispatcher immediately alerts emergency responders. They also send an alert through PulsePoint to app users trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as well as off-duty firefighters, police officers, medical professionals and others willing to assist in an emergency are notified.
The app lets nearby users know the location of the emergency and the location of the closest publicly registered automated external defibrillator (AED). The users can then immediately begin administering CPR until trained professionals arrive.
Statistics show that the sooner CPR is started, the more likely the cardiac arrest victim will survive.
The PulsePoint Respond app is part of Roseville’s effort to prevent death from sudden cardiac arrest by increasing community and public awareness, placing AEDs wherever people live, work and play, and educating the public on how to use AEDS and administer CPR.
Currently more than 3,350 communities in the US are using the PulsePoint app. More than 75,000 AEDs have been registered. Visit www.pulsepoint.org for more information.
Businesses are encouraged to purchase and register AED equipment at www.cityofroseville.com/HeartSafe. Contact Assistant Fire Chief David Brosnahan at 651-792-7009 or email@example.com with questions.