Phone app enables civilians to provide medical aid before EMS



For people with a heart attack or other medical emergency, the arrival of paramedics can take several minutes. A new phone app for Delaware County residents, however, will allow a patient to seek help from people nearby, who can be trained to perform CPR or other lifesaving measure.

Called PulsePoint, the app will be connected to the county’s 911 system, which will send an alert to other app users who can pinpoint a patient’s exact location and provide assistance in critical minutes before a patient arrives. an ambulance.

It is widely recognized that for every minute the brain is deprived of oxygen, there is a 10% lower chance of survival, according to studies from the National Academy of Sciences.

“The advantage of alerting passers-by of an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is that the victim would receive CPR much faster than waiting for first responders to arrive,” said Jeff Fishel, director of Delaware County EMS.

Delaware County commissioners approved the new system on Monday, which will be operational in August. It will cost the county $ 20,000 to set it up and $ 10,000 per year thereafter to maintain it.

Delaware Fire Chief John Donahue, who helps coordinate the county’s prehospital care system advisory board, said the system would be worth it if it only saves one life.

“We have so many recreation areas, so many trails and so many cardiac arrests,” he told the commissioners. “If we can get that out and people can use it, and if we get somebody help faster before we (EMS) get there – it’s going to make a difference between life and dead.”

The Columbus Fire Division has already been using the system for several years, said Battalion Commander Steve Martin. There are currently 33,103 users.

The app allows a Columbus user to be alerted to all emergencies sent with the exception of violent crime, SWAT dead ends or “other races that we don’t want people to go to because they are. dangerous, ”Martin said.

The app also notifies users of the nearest automated external defibrillator or AED machine.

“It definitely saved lives,” Martin said.

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