Know CPR? Get the Pulse Point app

Pulse Point saves a life!

A recent news story here in Seattle caught my eye: Off-duty doctor gets Pulse Point app alert, saves man’s life

pulse pointDouglas Stine was driving with co-workers along Aurora Ave. on Monday when he started gasping for air and lost consciousness, the result of a heart condition.

The other workers called 911, but help arrived minutes before the paramedics.

Dr. Matt Gittinger, a UW medicine physician at Harborview, happened to be at his dining room table catching up on work when he saw an alert on his phone.

“I was out of my front door within five to 30 seconds and it was about two blocks from where I live,” said Gittinger, who ran to Aurora Ave. and saw some vehicles pulled over on the shoulder.

Dr. Gittinger was able to provide CPR for the few minutes before paramedics arrived. As any one in health care knows, the earlier CPR is started, the better chance a patient has.

Dr. Gittinger is one of about 3,300 people in Seattle who have downloaded Pulse Point, an app that notifies people who are trained in CPR and directs them to a specific location when someone nearby needs help.

How had I never heard of the Pulse Point Respond app? I’m certified in CPR. It would be cool to be notified of an emergency requiring that skill within a few blocks of my location.

Interested? Learn more

If you are trained in CPR (you don’t need to be a physician or nurse, and CPR certification is not required), perhaps you would be interested in the Pulse Point Respond app, as well.

The app is available for both iOS and Android. There is also a Pulse Point AED app that shows the locations of nearby AEDs (automated external defibrillators).

Downloads are available from iTunes or Google Play. And the Pulse Point website has lots more information and answers to FAQs.

Pulse Point services are not supported in every community, however. Is your city on the Pulse Point coverage map? If not, the website also has information on how to get the program implemented in your area.

If you aren’t trained in CPR, consider learning. It’s not difficult and it’s a great skill to have. Many CPR classes also train you to use an AED.

Related post: Learn CPR and First Aid

While I’m sure the app doesn’t work perfectly every time, and early CPR intervention certainly doesn’t guarantee survival, I still think it’s an innovative way to connect a potentially life-saving skill with someone who needs it—fast.

The vast majority of volunteers who learn CPR never get a chance to use it. Maybe Pulse Point will change that.


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Know CPR? Get the Pulse Point app — 1 Comment

  1. Question; How do I become a pro in CPR?
    We didn’t learn CPR in school so even though I know what it looks like I don’t know the technicalities.
    I had no idea about this app. If I could help someone by timely giving them CPR that would be so fulfilling and my dream of becoming Mark Sloan (Grey’s Anatomy reference; if you don’t get it leave everything at once and start binge watching all the 12 seasons) would finally come true.