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Published on January 08, 2013

Sioux Falls now covered by lifesaving smart phone app!

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Sioux Falls Fire Rescue (SFFR) and Avera Heart Hospital recently revealed the lifesaving PulsePoint smart phone application. PulsePoint is the technology advancement that will further enhance cardiac survivability by engaging every day citizens willing and able to perform CPR, and when available, the use of a Public Access Defibrillators (AED).

With the use of this Global Positioning System (GPS) powered iPhone and Android App, community members can provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. App subscribers that have indicated they are able and willing to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can now be alerted if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. This notification only occurs when the incident is in a public place and will also indicate where the nearest Public Access Defibrillator (AED) is located.

Early intervention during sudden cardiac arrests will make that lifesaving difference in our goal to improve survivability. The PulsePoint mobile app will do that by reducing collapse-to-CPR times and increasing citizen awareness of cardiac events beyond the traditional “witnessed” area. It also can reduce collapse-to-defibrillation times by increasing awareness of public access defibrillator (PAD) locations through real-time mapping of nearby devices.