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New App Crowdsources CPR Before Responders Arrive in Oregon

The PulsePoint app finds people nearby to a person having a cardiac event, and directs them on how to perform CPR once they arrive at the location. It's meant to fill the gap before emergency responders arrive.

by Matthew Denis, The Register-Guard / November 7, 2018

(TNS) — Lifesaving CPR measures in Eugene and Springfield, Ore., will join the smartphone era Wednesday at the official launch of the PulsePoint app for the metro area.

The app alerts users to cardiac arrests within their location, so that people can provide CPR before paramedics can take over. The person using the app doesn't even have to be trained in CPR, as PulsePoint provides directions and a beat to perform chest compressions.

Eugene Springfield Fire Chief Joseph Zaludek will provide a live demonstration of PulsePoint at the Wednesday launch to show the app in action and how paramedics will take over after a citizen response has taken place. The app also locates the closest public access automated external defibrillator.

The app uses GPS technology to notify PulsePoint users within a quarter mile of a public cardiac arrest event. (It does not apply to private homes.) The alert is triggered by 911 operators at the same time that firefighter paramedics are dispatched.

The launch and presentation will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Emergency Services Training Center at 1705 W. Second Ave.

©2018 The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.). Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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