Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Photo of Fire Department AppThe Garden Grove Fire Department, as one of eight Orange County fire agencies that comprise the Metro Cities Fire Authority, is participating in the trial launch of Pulsepoint, a mobile application intended to save victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Metro Cities Fire Authority, in cooperation with the Metro Cities dispatch center, is the first in Orange County to pilot this application.

Pulsepoint alerts nearby citizens when critical lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation is needed, and the location of nearby public access automated external defibrillator (AED). An AED is a portable electronic device that analyzes the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, delivers an electric shock, known as defibrillation, which helps the heart establish an effective rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest.

"The PulsePoint smart phone application is a great tool to get CPR-trained people to help out when a cardiac arrest occurs," says Garden Grove Fire Chief David Barlag. "Every second counts, and this goes hand-in-hand with our effort to save as many lives as possible."

PulsePoint is activated by Metro Net’s computer-aided dispatch at the same time as fire and paramedic resources are dispatched. It then notifies CPR-trained individuals of a cardiac incident within a quarter-mile of their location. Users receive the incident location with a map, the closest AED, and a link to CPR instructions.

The local Rotary Club of Garden Grove has established a goal of placing as many AED’s at crucial city locations as funding allows. The organization has already donated several AED’s throughout the Garden Grove community, including the H. Louis Lake Senior Center, Acacia Adult Day Services, Garden Grove High School, and most recently, Bolsa Grande High School.

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for an estimated 1,000 deaths per day. The American Heart Association estimates that only one-quarter of sudden cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR, with fewer receiving a lifesaving therapeutic shock from a public access AED.

The free app is available on Apple iOS and Google Android devices. To learn more about PulsePoint, visit www.metronetfire.org, www.pulsepoint.org, or Fire's Facebook page.