On Tuesday Orange County Fire and Rescue and UCF introduced two apps dedicated to helping victims of Cardiac Arrest. The apps support first-responding agencies by encouraging CPR-trained citizens to respond to sudden cardiac arrest incidents as emergency crews are en route.
PulsePoint Respond notifies users through their mobile device that someone nearby is in need of CPR and then directs them to the closest publicly-accessible automated external defibrillator or AED while emergency crews are responding to the scene.
PulsePoint AED enables users to upload a photo and mapped location of an AED, which is then available to all users during an emergency.
In 2015, the UCF student body was devastated by the loss of Michael Namey, a student who collapsed on campus and later died after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest. Valentines day also takes place during Heart Wellness month.
“I am proud to stand with Orange County Fire Rescue to launch the PulsePoint apps,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, who is also CPR certified. “When help is needed, our superhero first responders arrive as quickly as possible, but we know that when minutes matter, finding help just steps away can be the difference between life and death. This extraordinary technology helps make it possible for a CPR-trained citizen to also be a hero.
Both Applications are available for free download on mobile devices and were funded through Orange County’s Office of the Medical Director.