PulsePoint Overview

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PulsePoint is an enterprise-class, software-as-a-service (SaaS) pre-arrival solution designed to support public safety agencies working to improve cardiac arrest survival rates through improved bystander performance and active citizenship.

Where adopted, the PulsePoint app empowers everyday citizens to provide life‐saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Application users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and willing to assist in case of an emergency can now be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR.

If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the location-aware application will alert trained citizens in the vicinity of the need for bystander CPR simultaneous with the dispatch of advanced medical care. The application also directs these citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

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  • Today, bystander CPR requires fate to place a CPR-trained citizen in the exact right place at the exact right time to make a difference. PulsePoint only requires a CPR-trained citizen to be nearby and further empowers them with nearby AED location information.

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    Learn and state agency response time goals.
  • 1http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/CPRAndECC/WhatisCPR/CPRFactsandStats/CPR-Statistics_UCM_307542_Article.jsp
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    CARES = Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (http://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/cares.htm)
  • Sample notification and app activation screen.
  • Close-up view for better display.
  • Alameda County Fire Station Locations (https://www.acgov.org/fire/about/stations.htm)
  • Snapshot of actual PulsePoint users that have opted-in to receive “CPR Needed” event notification in Alameda County FD (CA).
    Ask “Which community will have a better sudden cardiac arrest survival rate?”
    “This is what we want our community to look like.”
  • Activation example. Two potential rescuers notified in parking lot. Likely would not have been aware of cardiac arrest in nearby building until ambulance passed by.
    Location of three nearby AEDs also identified for bystander rescuers.

    @1000livesaday for real time information on activations.
  • Embed agency PSA here (or create blank slide with black background following this slide to contain/play PSA). Generic PSA available at http://pulsepoint.org/app/
  • All activated users receive a post-activation survey to gather experience data.
  • PulsePoint Overview

    1. 1. Sudden Cardiac Arrest • More than 1,000 people a day die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the U.S.1 • Worldwide millions die annually 2 • Many of these deaths occur needlessly
    2. 2. PulsePoint Foundation • Increase Sudden Cardiac Arrest survival rates in a massive way worldwide – Bystander CPR is a critical link in the chain of survival. It has been shown to more than double a victim’s chance of surviving a cardiac arrest 1 – Using an automated external defibrillator (AED) in addition to performing bystander CPR further improves the chances of survival 2 – Replace “good luck” with groundbreaking technology and a true paradigm shift to citizens as the first, first responder
    3. 3. “Time is Brain” – With every minute the chance of survival is reduced by 7- 10% 1 – Within 4-6 minutes brain damage starts to occur 2 – After 10 minutes few attempts at resuscitation succeed 3
    4. 4. Chain of Survival According to the AHA bystander CPR is only performed 32% of the time 1 According to the CARES registry a public access AED is used only 4% of the time 2
    5. 5. How can PulsePoint make a difference? – Improve the frequency of bystander CPR by increasing awareness of cardiac events beyond the traditional “witnessed” area – Improve awareness and speed of public access defibrillator (AED) deployment by providing precise location information of nearby devices in real-time and in context with the rescuers location
    6. 6. What does PulsePoint do? – The PulsePoint mobile app alerts CPR-trained bystanders to someone nearby having a sudden cardiac arrest that may require CPR, so that CPR can begin immediately – The app directs these citizen rescuers, with a live map, to the nearest AED
    7. 7. The PulsePoint App
    8. 8. Public Service Announcement
    9. 9. Post-Activation Responder Analysis
    10. 10. PulsePoint in your community? – Improve cardiac arrest survival rate through improved bystander performance and active citizenship – Foster good will through a collaborative community whose mission transcends political differences – Provide real-time access to emergency activity as it’s occurring in the community – Provide a powerful tool to professional first responders who increasing rely on it to improve situational awareness on events occurring around them
    11. 11. Additional Information – The app is available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play – Visit the website at PulsePoint.org – Visit facebook.com/PulsePoint – Follow @PulsePoint for general news – Follow @1000livesaday for real-time activations

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