There seems to be an app for almost anything these days. They may help you learn another language, keep you up to date with events, entertain people with games, and allow people to remain in touch with their friends. With new developers breaking into the field every day, multitudes of new and exciting apps are jumping out of the woodwork. Some are designed to help those in need, and one app, called Pulse Point, alerts CPR qualified individuals of emergency situations that require their skills.
The app, created by a team of Silicon Valley developers who worked in collaboration with a local fire chief, warns other app users who have CPR training when a 911 call goes off in their immediate vicinity. This call goes out if the caller in question goes into Sudden Cardiac Arrest. After alerting all Pulse Point users in the area, the app helps guide these trained individuals to the caller’s location, where they can properly give the patient the attention they require. Pulse Point helps users locate the nearest automated external defibrillator, or AED, to better equip those who aid and to further improve the patient’s chances. The application is also completely free on the Apple Store, making it available for anyone who is CPR certified. While Pulse Point is free to download, the app does have certain requirements that could limit how many people it could reach. For people to utilize Pulse Point, they have to be in an area that has integrated the app its communities and cities, usually by having the app utilized as a part of their emergency systems. St. Louis Park has recently incorporated Pulse Point into their part of the Twin Cities, and are hoping to set an example in their area.
While in some reported incidents, medical officers had already arrived on the scene by the time the app alerted other users of the situation, Pulse Point has proved to be a helpful to those in need. The app’s success is apparent, as Mariah Noble of the Salt Lake Tribune pointed out in her article that, “Real-time data on PulsePoint’s website show the app has been activated in more than 21,800 cases of cardiac arrest in the U.S. and Canada with more than 61,500 users who have responded.” With those kinds of numbers, it is great to see that so many individuals are willing to help those in need. As technology continues to connect us throughout the world, it also gives us more opportunities to reach out and help others. In cases of a stroke or drowning, CPR can improve a patient’s chances of survival. Pulse Point has given a new tool to help communities look out for one another, by directing those with the proper training to help their neighbors in their time of need.