Portland Fire & Rescue is releasing today new technology that alerts people in Portland on their smartphones that they may have a chance to possibly save someone's life who is close by and in distress.
Implemented using Innovation Funding from the City of Portland, PF&R is launching PulsePoint Respond, an app that lets users know when a cardiac event is within their proximity; if they're trained in CPR, they may be able to make a difference before first responders can arrive.
PF&R is also releasing a second app called PulsePoint AED that lets users know where automatic external defibrillators (AED) are located nearby. The chance of saving a victim of cardiac arrest doubles when AEDs are used in addition to CPR.
The PulsePoint Respond app issues an alert and, once clicked, triggers a map to pop up on the smartphone of all registered users who are within a quarter mile of someone in cardiac distress. The PulsePoint AED version will also show the location of any nearby AED devices registered in PF&R's database. Users can help expand the AED database by registering AED locations through the app. Both of the free apps are available through Google Play or the Apple App Store.
New legislation signed by Gov. Kate Brown will require Oregon students to learn CPR before high school graduation. Portland Fire & Rescue also wants to encourage all citizens to get trained in CPR, learn how to use AEDs, and sign up to receive the PulsePoint alerts and respond if needed.
PulsePoint At a Glance: http://www.pulsepoint.org/pulsepoint-respond/
PulsePoint AED At a Glance http://www.pulsepoint.org/pulsepoint-aed/