Montgomery County Using App to Help People Save a Life With CPR

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Need CPR? If you’re in Montgomery County, there’s an app for that.
Montgomery County Board of Commissioners
Montgomery County Commissioners Dr. Val Arkoosh, Ken Lawrence Jr. and Joe Gale joined medical professionals from Lankenau Medical Center and sudden Cardiac arrest survivor Richard Sax to announce the launch of the PulsePoint App.
The PulsePoint app alerts citizens trained in CPR when a person goes into sudden cardiac arrest within a quarter mile of them.
The trained people can then help possibly save a life.
Montgomery County is the first county in southeastern Pennsylvania to use the PulsePoint app. Burlington County in New Jersey is already using smartphones to save a life.
Per the Mayo Clinic: "Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, in which someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped. The American Heart Association recommends that everyone — untrained bystanders and medical personnel alike — begin CPR with chest compressions."
"Bystander CPR and use of AEDs save lives. The Montgomery County PulsePoint app will help those trained in CPR reach victims in need," Arkoosh said. "We are proud to be working closely with local fire, police, EMS, and others to spread the word about the technology and also encourage more residents to get trained in CPR so they can become part of the Montco-PulsePoint team saving lives."
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The American Red Cross offers CPR training. Click here to find a class.
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