Rockford Scanner™: New Lifesaving Technology Now Available in Rockford





New Lifesaving Technology Now Available in Rockford
Via PulsePoint – a 9-1-1 Integrated Mobile App 

ROCKFORD, IL — Today, the City of Rockford, Winnebago County, Rockford Fire  Department, Mercyhealth, OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center and  SwedishAmerican announced the launch of a new community-wide tool – 


PulsePoint is a free-to-download mobile app that alerts CPR-trained citizens of  cardiac events in their vicinity so they may administer aid; helps build a  

comprehensive Automated External Defibrillator (AED) registry; and informs the  community of emergency activity in real time.  

PulsePoint Respond empowers everyday citizens to provide lifesaving assistance  to victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Citizens who are CPR trained and willing  to assist in an emergency can subscribe to PulsePoint Respond. If a cardiac  emergency is in a public place, the location-aware application will alert users in the  vicinity of the need for CPR simultaneous with the dispatch of advanced medical  care. The application also directs these potential rescuers to the exact location of  the closest AED.  

The companion app, PulsePoint AED, lets you report and update AED locations so  that emergency responders, including nearby citizens, can find an AED close to  them when a cardiac emergency occurs. You can help build the community registry by using PulsePoint AED to describe the location of an AED and add a picture. This information is then staged for local authorities to verify. After that, the AED location data can be made available to dispatchers and anyone using the 

PulsePoint Respond app. 

“With PulsePoint we hope to increase bystander involvement in time-sensitive  medical calls by increasing the use of CPR and AEDs,” said Rockford Fire Chief  Derek Bergsten. “It gives our residents and visitors the ability to know when a  cardiac arrest is occurring close by, locate AEDs in the area, and perform  

potentially lifesaving CPR while our personnel respond to the scene.” Throughout  the year, the Rockford Fire Department responds to nearly 30,000 incidents,  including more than 200 cardiac arrest events. 

“In addition to nearby ‘CPR-needed’ notifications, PulsePoint subscribers can  follow their local fire department and choose to be notified of significant events that  may impact their family. These informational notifications provide an early and  automatic heads-up to local threats such as large fires, flooding and utility  

emergencies,“ said Richard Price, President of the California-based 501(c)(3)  nonprofit PulsePoint Foundation. “Improving situational awareness with PulsePoint  can help build safer, stronger, and more resilient communities.” 

The latest AHA guidelines, published in Circulation, state that such community  programs could increase bystander CPR to the roughly 350,000 cardiac arrests  that happen outside the hospital each year. 

About the PulsePoint Foundation 

PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) public non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco  Bay Area. Through the use of location-aware mobile devices, PulsePoint is building  applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications  with citizens and professional emergency responders, increase civic engagement  and empower the community to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from  sudden cardiac arrest. Learn more at or join the conversation at  Facebook and Twitter. The free app is available for download on the App Store and  Google Play

About Sudden Cardiac Arrest 

Although a heart attack can lead to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the two are not  the same. SCA is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating  unexpectedly, whereas a heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked,  but the heart continues to beat. Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital  cardiac arrests occur, making it the leading cause of death in the United States.  Survival rates nationally for SCA are less than eight percent, but delivery of CPR  can sustain life until paramedics arrive by maintaining vital blood flow to the heart  and brain. However, only about a third of SCA victims receive bystander CPR.  Without CPR, brain damage or death can occur in minutes. The average EMS response time is nine minutes, even in urban settings; after 10 minutes there is  little chance of successful resuscitation. The American Heart Association estimates  that effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after SCA, can double or triple  a person’s chance of survival. 




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