CPR app linked to LA County dispatch system

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has linked its dispatch system to a smartphone app that will notify CPR-trained citizens when someone nearby is having a cardiac arrest.

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that the app, called PulsePoint, sends Fire Department alerts to users at the same time that dispatchers send the official messages to emergency crews.

Department officials hope it will mean a victim could get CPR from a good Samaritan before medical responders arrive.

The application also provides CPR instruction and the location of defibrillators.

Officials say about 13,000 people in Los Angeles County—mainly first responders and their friends and families—have downloaded the app.

It's linked to about 650 emergency response systems and has been adopted by several U.S. cities.

5 /5 (1 vote)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Dispatcher-assisted CPR increases survival among children

Apr 30, 2014

Children who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital are more likely to survive and have good brain function if dispatchers instruct bystanders on CPR, according to a large Japanese study published in Journal of the Am ...

Rural and southern regions lack annual training in CPR

Nov 18, 2013

Annual rates of CPR training in the United States are low and vary widely across the country, but the communities most in need of training are the least likely to be trained, according to a new study from ...

Recommended for you

Viagra protects the heart beyond the bedroom

1 hour ago

Viagra could be used as a safe treatment for heart disease, finds new research published today in the open access journal BMC Medicine. The study reveals that long-term daily treatment of Viagra can provide protection for th ...

Years of endurance exercise may raise A-fib/Flutter risk

Oct 18, 2014

(HealthDay)—Cumulative years of regular endurance exercise are associated with an increased risk for atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, according to a study published in the Oct. 15 issue of The Am ...

Women face higher stroke rates than men

Oct 17, 2014

Supermodel and Actress Claudia Mason is helping the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association raise awareness for the world's second-leading cause of death on World Stroke Day, Oct. 29.

User comments