Tri-State Ambulance offers life-saving app
Are you trained in CPR and willing to do what you can to save a life? Now there's an app for that!
Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance offers the PulsePoint app to willing individuals. Aimed at average citizens and off-duty professionals trained in CPR, the app alerts registered users when a sudden cardiac arrest occurs in a public place in their immediate vicinity.
"We know that early CPR and defibrillation are crucial toward achieving a positive outcome for a sudden cardiac arrest victim. With PulsePoint technology, community members can help make the La Crosse area a healthier community. This technology saves lives," says Tom Tornstrom, executive director, Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance.
A leading cause of death in the U.S., cardiac arrests outside hospitals are responsible for more than 1,000 deaths a day. Effective CPR given immediately after a cardiac arrest may double or triple the chance of survival, but only about a third of cardiac arrest victims get that immediate help.
PulsePoint app users are notified at the same time as emergency medical responders (EMS) and are given detailed instructions, including the location of nearby automatic external defibrillators (AEDs). Once alerted, users can be on the scene very quickly to begin CPR and/or employ an AED until EMS personnel arrive.
"Early defibrillation and CPR save lives. By alerting trained volunteers nearby, help may arrive minutes before EMS personnel—minutes that can make a critical difference," Tom adds. So take comfort in knowing that if you or a loved one are ever in an emergency situation that requires CPR, there are 2,000 PulsePoint users (and growing!) in our area.
If you're CPR-trained, consider downloading the free PulsePoint app from Apple iTunes Store or the Android Play Store.
Need CPR training?
While the app gives basic pointers in CPR, users are strongly encouraged to know at least compression-only CPR (pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest at a rate of about a hundred times a minute—about the same beat as the Bee Gee's song "Stayin' Alive.").
Even if you've had CPR training in the past, practice and refresher courses are recommended about every two years. This is particularly important if your training was prior to 2010 when the American Heart Association (AHA) CPR guidelines were updated. Training is available through the American Red Cross.