Smartphone app PulsePoint helps cardiac arrest victims in Kern County

Posted at 12:24 PM, Jul 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 20:59:39-04

Kern County health officials and first responders have teamed up to launch a regional smartphone app called PulsePoint.

The app is connected with Kern County 9-1-1 and alerts CPR-trained bystanders when a sudden cardiac arrest occurs in their area.

Sudden cardiac arrest kills almost 1,000 people per day in the United States. Sixty percent of these victims don’t receive CPR until professional help arrives.

App users will be able to find the victim and begin CPR while waiting for emergency medical services to arrive. The app aims to bridge the gap between CPR-certified adults and those who need help.

Kern County Public Health Service Department, Kern County Fire Department, Bakersfield City Fire Department and California City Fire Department have all joined forces behind the app.

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