July 1, 2016 — Medic One Foundation and the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) announced in June the launch of PulsePoint, a free life-saving mobile app. The Seattle Fire Department is the first agency to launch PulsePoint in King County and hopes to recruit 15,000 PulsePoint citizen responders.
PulsePoint is like an AMBER alert for sudden cardiac arrest victims. It uses location-based technology to alert citizens to a sudden cardiac arrest in their immediate vicinity so that they can start cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the critical life-saving minutes before first responders arrive.
With funding from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing, the Medic One Foundation is working with local fire departments in King and Snohomish counties to bring PulsePoint to additional communities throughout the region.
“People living and working in Seattle have access to emergency life-saving care that is second to none in the world, thanks to our Medic One system,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “With PulsePoint, we can boost our sudden cardiac arrest survival rate even higher.”
“When sudden cardiac arrest strikes, each minute without CPR reduces the chance of survival by 7-10 percent, so early bystander CPR and rapid defibrillation from an AED is crucial,” said Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. “I am proud to join with the Medic One Foundation, the Employees Community Fund of Boeing and first responders everywhere to urge all citizens to learn CPR, download PulsePoint and help us save lives. You are a critical link in the chain of survival for sudden cardiac arrest victims.”
The free PulsePoint app is available for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store and Google Play.
For more information: www.pulsepoint.org