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Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in America, stealing the lives of more than 1,000 people a day across the country. While there are some warning signs for an oncoming heart attack, unfortunately, incidents of sudden cardiac arrest are often unpredictable. If you or your loved one suffers from cardiac arrest, it seems like all you can do is hope that the people surrounding you when you collapse are CPR-trained and can give you the life-saving care you need as you wait for an emergency medical services vehicle to arrive on the scene.
Fortunately for the citizens of Huntsville and Madison County, the 9-1-1 Call Center in partnership with other emergency service organizations has adopted PulsePoint, a mobile app that locates automatic emergency defibrillators (AED) and notifies CPR-trained individuals when someone nearby is suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. Once Huntsville-Madison County 9-1-1 receives a call about a person suffering from sudden cardiac arrest, the center sends an alert through the app while simultaneously dispatching first responders to the scene.
In 2017, 9-1-1 and its partners launched PulsePoint in our community. Since then, there have been 511 sudden cardiac arrest incidents in public places in our area, and 214 PulsePoint enabled devices have been alerted to CPR needed events, based on their location to the incidents. A total of 2,330 individuals in our community have downloaded the app, and we need that number to increase significantly.
Throughout the entire month of February, Heart Month, 9-1-1 is running a campaign to better educate citizens of Madison County about this life-saving app available to them, as well as provide more information about why and how to become CPR-trained.
CPR Training Opportunities in Madison County:
- Trio Safety CPR+AED
- YMCA’s across Madison and Huntsville
- American Red Cross | Huntsville
- Huntsville Emergency Medical Services, Inc. (HEMSI)
- Huntsville Hospital
- CPR Caring Hearts
PulsePoint is available on Apple and Android devices.