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Posted on: October 25, 2017

Life-saving PulsePoint app launched in Broken Arrow

PulsePoint app

The Broken Arrow Fire Department (BAFD), with support from Saint Francis Hospital South, are bringing a life-saving mobile app to the City of Broken Arrow.

PulsePoint is a free app available for both iPhone and Android devices that alerts citizens trained in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when someone in a nearby public place suffers sudden cardiac arrest.

When the City’s emergency dispatchers receive a sudden cardiac arrest call, an alert is sent through the app at the same time as emergency responders are dispatched. The app also notifies users of any nearby automated external defibrillators (AED).

“Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and affects more than 350,000 people each year,” said Broken Arrow Fire Chief Jeremy Moore. “The PulsePoint app has been proven to save lives by alerting people who can start CPR before our emergency medical crews arrive. Every second matters when a sudden cardiac arrest occurs.”

The American Heart Association estimates that effective hands-only CPR provided immediately after a cardiac emergency can double or triple a person’s chance of survival, but only 46 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims received bystander CPR in 2016; even fewer receive a potentially lifesaving therapeutic shock from a public access AED.

Officials with BAFD, the City of Broken Arrow and Saint Francis Hospital South, as well as a survivor of a sudden cardiac arrest, held a launch event for the PulsePoint app on Oct. 25 at Broken Arrow Fire Station No. 2, 2300 W. Norfolk Dr.

BAFD is the first emergency medical service in the state of Oklahoma to use PulsePoint, which began in California in 2010. PulsePoint is currently active in more than 2,500 cities across the country.

Saint Francis Hospital South has provided the funding needed to bring the app to Broken Arrow.

Anyone who is trained in CPR is encouraged to download the PulsePoint app free through the Google Play Store or theApple App Store. Once the app is installed, select the Broken Arrow Fire Department from the agency listings to receive alerts. Users may follow more than one agency.

About the PulsePoint Foundation
Through the use of location-aware mobile devices, PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens and off-duty personnel, empowering them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest.

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