A Simple App Is Turning Ordinary People Into Extraordinary Heros

By Julie Redwood

For a victim of cardiac arrest, one simple phone call or emergency standby can mean the difference between life and death. For every minute that goes by without CPR, life decreases by 10%.

Smithsonian Magazine explains that one company might hold the answer that will help change the way lives are saved- the answer might be in your smartphone.

PulsePoint has a phone app which assists people, trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), to download an app, which indicates that they are willing to help in the event of a traumatic case.

When someone experiences a cardiac episode and dials 9-1-1, the emergency responders can then trigger a PulsePoint alert. Those in the vicinity of the victim can get a response which tells them that there is a person in need of help nearby, which also tells the location of a local public access defibrillator (AED).

In the case of Drew Basse, he was leaving the gym when he had a heart attack. An off-duty firefighter, Scott Brawner received Drew’s call within seconds. Dropping everything that he was doing, he was able to get Basse immediate help until the paramedics arrived. Thanks to PulsePointe, Scott was able to reach Basse within 2 minutes.

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Because of the success of the app, more and more people are trying to bring PulsePoint to their communities, raising awareness of how average people can become someone’s super hero.

Girl Scout Troop 32990 raised money for CPR and AED education in San Mateo County, California. Nancy Cappelle, an EMT and volunteer for the American Heart Association, is trying to bring awareness of PulsePoint to the East Coast of the U.S. All over, people are taking notice in hopes that the app will reach worldwide.


Cappelle hold particular interest in the device because PulsePoint saved her from sudden cardiac arrest, urging people to do what they can to help others. She tells Smithsonian Magazine

“The chances of professional rescuers being able to respond to a scene in less than four minutes are unrealistic. We need to be ready, willing and able to take hands-on action in a cardiac arrest situation. I am one of the less than 10 percent who have survived. I am one of the lucky ones and I want there to be many more people who are given a second chance at life.”

We often hear and talk about how increasingly connected the world is getting, often with some doubts of the future. However, with Pulsepoint, connection is the vital element that can help save many more lives.

Tell your friends and family about this important app and you or someone you know can become a hero.  Please tell us what you think of this innovative technology in the comments below. 


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