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February 18, 2014 > Milpitas Fire Department launches ÒCitizen ResponderÓ phone app

Milpitas Fire Department launches ÒCitizen ResponderÓ phone app

Submitted By Sean Simonson, Milpitas FD

Milpitas residents and citizens throughout Santa Clara County will now have the technology to provide assistance to a person experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) who may be in need of CPR. El Camino Hospital, the fire departments within Santa Clara County and the PulsePoint Foundation announced the availability of the revolutionary PulsePoint mobile phone application to all of Santa Clara County.

Integrated with the 911 system, the location-based mobile app notifies CPR-trained citizens, who are in the immediate vicinity, of the critical need for CPR nearby. The app also directs these citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillator (AED). This notification happens simultaneously with the dispatch of emergency service crews to alert bystander response while emergency services make their way to the scene.

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for an estimated 360,000 deaths each year or 1,000 deaths per day. Different than a heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest is caused when the heart's electrical system malfunctions and the heart stops working properly. CPR or AED use helps restore the heartÕs normal rhythm. However, from the onset of a SCA, for every minute that passes without a SCA victim receiving resuscitation, the chances of that person surviving decrease 10 percent. After 10 minutes, chances of survival are minimal. That is why effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victimÕs chance of survival.

The PulsePoint app is available for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the ÒiTunes Storeª and Google Playª. For more information about the PulsePoint app and to link to CPR classes throughout the county, please visit: www.elcaminohospital.org/CPRHelpNow and www.pulsepoint.org.

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