Margate Fire Department Partners With Pulsepoint To Improve Cardiac Arrest Response Time In City
In an effort to improve cardiac arrest response time in the City of Margate, the Margate Fire Department has partnered with PulsePoint to bring life-saving technology to the City through a mobile application. The PulsePoint Respond smartphone app supports first-responding agencies by increasing public awareness of cardiac events and engaging app users in potentially life-saving CPR.
PulsePoint Respond notifies CPR-trained citizens that an individual in a public area is experiencing sudden cardiac arrest and that they may be in a position to perform CPR until the arrival of emergency crews. PulsePoint Respond is currently active in the City of Margate. This free app, which is available on Android and Apple platforms, notifies residents and off-duty professionals who are trained in CPR and are willing to assist in the event of an emergency. PulsePoint Respond notifies users in the form of a push notification that is only sent by 911 operators, who simultaneously dispatch first responders. The notification targets potential citizen rescuers that are identified as being within walking distance of the event. If the app user responds to the alert, they are given further instructions that include if an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is also nearby. As a result, PulsePoint users can potentially find a victim of cardiac arrest, begin CPR, and implement an AED during the time it takes for First Responders to arrive.
A second free app, PulsePoint AED, enables the public to report and update AED locations so that emergency responders, including nearby individuals trained in CPR, can find an AED close to them when a cardiac emergency occurs.
Be a lifesaver. Download the PulsePoint Respond and PulsePoint AED apps today!
Margate residents who have not been trained in CPR are encouraged to contact the Fire Department's Administration Office to find out when the next Hands-Only CPR Training will take place. Call (954) 971-7010.
CPR Facts from the American Heart Association
CPR – or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation – is an emergency lifesaving procedure performed when the heart stops beating. Immediate CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac arrest
.In one year alone, 475,000 Americans die from a cardiac arrest.
More than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital each year.
According to 2014 data, nearly 45 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims survived when bystander CPR was administered.
Only 50% of people can locate an automated external defibrillator (AED) at work.