New Mobile App Points Users to People Needing CPR

By City News Service

 A mobile app that allows users to render aid to cardiac arrest victims was launched in L.A. County Wednesday.

The location-based smartphone app known as PulsePoint is meant to empower ordinary citizens to provide life-saving aid to victims of sudden cardiac arrest until emergency crews arrive.

PulsePoint says registered users trained in CPR are notified through the app by 9-1-1 dispatchers whenever someone in their area needs help. From there, the app directs users to the victim, instructs them on CPR techniques and points them to the nearest automatic external defibrillator.

Officials say only 8 percent of cardiac arrest victims survive nationwide, and survivability rates are directly dependant on receiving immediate CPR

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August 7, 2014  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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