LA County Fire Department links dispatch system to PulsePoint CPR app


Author: Eryn Brown
Coverage Type: reporting
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Los Angeles County Fire Department, 1320 N Eastern Ave , Los Angeles, CA, 90063, United States

Hoping to turn regular cellphone-toting Angelenos into rapid responders, the Los Angeles County Fire Department has linked its dispatch system to a cellphone app that will notify CPR-trained good Samaritans when someone in a public place nearby is having a cardiac arrest.

The app, called PulsePoint, sends Fire Department alerts to mobile phone users at the same time that dispatchers send the official messages to emergency crews -- increasing the possibility that a cardiac arrest victim could get lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation from a bystander while medical responders are still on the way, department officials said.

The program also provides CPR instruction and the location of defibrillators nearby.

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