Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, with an estimated 325,000 deaths each year. It is estimated that CPR received immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a person’s chance of survival but only about a third of victims receive bystander CPR.
PulsePoint is a mobile app that empowers everyday citizens to provide life‐saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The free app is available to residents through the Orlando Fire Department.
The mobile app immediately alerts CPR-trained bystanders about a nearby sudden cardiac arrest event so they can help save a life, and also lets them know the location of the closest publicly accessible automated external defibrillator. The app is activated by the OFD communications center at the same time that EMS teams are dispatched.
Serious brain damage or death can occur in less than eight minutes of a cardiac arrest. The response times for professional rescuers commonly approach these time frames.
OFD also offers free hands-only CPR training through the Take Heart Orlando program. The 30-minute training sessions are available to all residents, business and organizations.
The training, along with utilizing PulsePoint, can save someone’s life as soon as they need help.
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