Sometimes it takes something new to make the most of an old virtue. Case in point: Pulse Point, a smartphone app recently introduced in Las Vegas, gives volunteers trained in compression-only CPR a better way to serve their neighbors and save their lives. When a Las Vegas dispatcher receives word of a cardiac arrest, the app—provided free by the City—sends an alert to trained volunteers within 200 yards of any victim in a public area.
To increase the odds that volunteers will be around to heed the call, Las Vegas Firefighters Local 1285 and the Southern Nevada Red Cross have trained about 1,000 Las Vegans since June, and plan to intensify their efforts in 2014.
Red Cross statistics show that most cardiac-arrest victims who survive are given CPR prior to the arrival of paramedics. With Pulse Point and the increased number of trained volunteers, says Scott Johnson, president of Local 1285, “we can raise Las Vegas’ cardiac-arrest survivability from 30 percent to as high as 50 percent.”
One drawback: The effort does not include Henderson, North Las Vegas or unincorporated Clark County. But success tends to breed imitators; perhaps Pulse Point will be coming soon to a municipality near you.
For more information, visit TheBest911Response.com. To set up a group training session for compression-only CPR, call 538-6117.