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PulsePoint – A Smartphone App that Saved a Baby’s Life

Last week when a baby stopped breathing and started turning blue, the clerk at a dance shop quickly called 911. Shortly after the call, Jeff Olson, a master technician at a nearby tire shop showed up and performed CPR before an EMS team could arrive at the scene.

Jeff, also a volunteer EMT, was alerted by a smartphone app called PulsePoint because he was only blocks away from the dance shop. Dispatchers can quickly alert nearby CPR-trained bystanders, according to their current GPS location, who have registered with the app. PulsePoint also alerts responders to the nearest location of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to assist in cardiac arrest emergencies.

This was the first save since the Fire Department in Spokane Washington started using the app at dispatch.

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