The city of Erie is raising awareness about an app that could help lives.
Studies show that defibrillators can help save lives, but perhaps you don’t know where one is. Well, there could be one nearby, and this app could help you find it.
Hospital representatives say that around 300 people suffer from cardiac arrest each year in Erie County. The Erie Fire Department responds to 50-60 calls each year using automatic external defibrillators.
Erie Fire Chief Guy Santone says, “With that and CPR, lives can be saved.”
But now, there’s an additional tool, the PulsePoint AED app. Officials say you should first call 9-1-1 for help. But, they say the very next step should be your or someone else providing aid using CPR or an AED; that’s how this app could come in handy.
Using the app only takes a few steps. You open it up and GPS coordinates will locate you showing you the nearest AED.
Jestin Carlson, MD, of Allegheny Health Network says, “…it’s designed to really help decrease the time between when someone collapses and someone gets help.”
AHN and Saint Vincent Hospital recently partnered with the app’s developers, the PulsePoint Foundation. They say a second and complementary app would alert other people who can help. Carlson tells us, “If you have the app downloaded. It will actually send you a push notification almost like a text message. If you’re within a certain vicinity of someone who suffers a cardiac arrest. “
And, that matters when seconds count.
The PulsePoint AED app is already available for download for Apple and Android. The second app that notifies people of emergencies is in the app store, but the service may not be available in the area until early next year.