Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for an estimated 325,000 deaths each year or 1,000 deaths per day.  The American Heart Association estimates that effective bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.  However, only about one quarter of SCA victims receive CPR and even fewer receive potentially lifesaving therapeutic shock from a public access AED.  Improving bystander CPR rates and access to AEDS is critical to survival.

What is PulsePoint?

  • The PulsePoint mobile app alerts CPR-trained bystanders to someone nearby having a sudden cardiac arrest that may require CPR.

  • The app is activated by the local public safety communications center simultaneous with the dispatch of local fire and EMS resources.

  • The purpose of the app is to increase the survival rates of cardiac arrest victims by:
    Reducing collapse-to-CPR times by increasing citizen awareness of cardiac events beyond a traditional "witnessed" area.

    • Reducing collapse-to-defibrillation times by increasing awareness of public access defibrillator (AED) locations through real-time mapping of nearby devices.

    • The app is only activated if the event is occurring in a public place (the app is not activated for residential addresses).

  • In addition to the life-saving CPR/AED functionality, the app provides a virtual window into fire and EMS activity in the community, offering a unique opportunity for civic engagement and transparency.

  • Since the app requires a connection to the local public safety communications center, it is only available where adopted and implemented by the local Fire/EMS agency.

  • Development and support for the application is provided by the PulsePoint Foundation, a nonprofit organization established to guide, enhance and expand the reach of the app.

  • The availability of the PulsePoint app in the City of Sierra Madre has been made possible thanks to the Verdugo Fire Communications Center.  PulsePoint is available in all fourteen jurisdictions of the Verdugo dispatch area: Alhambra, Arcadia, Burbank, Glendale, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, San Marino, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, Vernon, and the Burbank Airport.

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