MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. - Every day, some 1,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest. Now Montgomery County is looking to mobile technology to change the outcome.
The county is now the second in the state with a new app that can save lives.
"It's a meaningful way to get involved and a take a step to help a family member, friend or neighbor who suffers from sudden cardiac arrest," said County Commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh.
The free Pulse Point app is connected to the Mongtomery County 911 center. It alerts those who are CPR-trained whenever an ambulance is dispatched for sudden cardiac arrest in a public area within a quarter-mile of their location.
Response time for ambulances in Montgomery County is between four and six minutes.
"The quicker someone starts a compression, the more likely someone has a chance of surviving. Only talking a minute or two or three but can make 30-40-50% difference on whether someone survives or not." explained Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Tim Shapiro.
The app will also show the location of the nearest defibrillator if it's registered with Pulse Point. Users can snap a picture of area defibrillators and send them to the app's data base, and once verified the information for users will also come with the alert.
"While CPR extends the window this can keep your heart rhythm and sustain life," said EMT medic Al Davy.
The app only works in Montgomery County. Since Friday, 400 people have signed on.
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