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Life-saving App, Pulsepoint, Proves a Worthy Investment for Polk County Fire Rescue


Published on Feb 25, 2020


Bartow, Fla. (February 25, 2020) — With Polk County Fire Rescue’s 7,623 followers, Pulsepoint has proven a worthy investment by improving bystander assistance with cardiac arrest patients throughout Polk County. 

Pulsepoint, a free life-saving smartphone app, has been available to those in Polk for the past year and a half. With 3,544 of the total 7,623 total followers being CPR-trained individuals, the app has proven its worth by sending alerts for more than 130 sudden cardiac arrest incidents in the county since its debut. 

Integrated with the county’s 9-1-1 system, Pulsepoint works through the use of GPS-enabled mobile devices by alerting bystanders and directing them to the area of an individual experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. CPR-trained individuals can assist the individual in the critical minutes before EMS crews arrive. According to the American Heart Association bystander, CPR alone can double or triple the chances of the patient’s survival.

In addition, Pulsepoint also shows the nearest automated external defibrillator (AED), which is another proven tool that is critical to improving the survivability of a sudden cardiac arrest event.

Cardiac arrest occurs suddenly and often without warning. Untreated, death of the person can occur within minutes.

Polk County Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Mike Linkins can attest to Pulsepoint’s effectiveness as he has been alerted and responded to two separate incidents. In the most recent incident, Linkins and Deputy Chief Ben Cassista responded to a scene and assised with a patient who was receiving CPR prior to the rescue crew’s arrival. In a second incident, Linkins was alerted, responded and able to assist in saving an individual who was choking on food at a local restaurant.

In addition to downloading the Pulsepoint app residents can also learn how to preform “hands only” CPR with a free class taught quarterly by Polk County Fire Rescue. The next “hands only” CPR class will be held on March 19, 2020 at 6 pm. Rservations for this class can be made with Polk County Fire Rescue Public Education Manager, Rosa LaLonde (rosalalonde@polk-copunty.net).

The Pulsepoint app is free to the public and can be downloaded from both the iTunes and Google Play stores. Moving forward, Polk County Fire Rescue would like to encourage individuals that are CPR certified to download and register with the app. The greater the number of CPR trained residents with the app, the better the chances are that someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest will receive quicker life-saving attention.    

PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The smartphone app is built and maintained by volunteer engineers at Workday and distributed by their marketing and implementation partner Physio-Control, Inc. CTIA Wireless Foundation is also a key sponsor and advocate of PulsePoint, providing industry and financial support. More about PulsePoint can be learned at www.pulsepoint.org or on their Facebook and Twitter pages.