Greenville, SC (February 14, 2017) – Officials with Greenville County, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System and Greenville Health System officially announced today the launch of PulsePoint, a smartphone app that engages everyday citizens in providing lifesaving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Generous support from Bon Secours St. Francis Health System and Greenville Health System has made the app available free of charge.
“With the addition of PulsePoint, our nationally recognized Greenville County EMS team and award winning local healthcare providers have another tool to help them continue to provide our
citizens and guests world-class emergency, life-saving care,” said Greenville County Council Chair Butch Kirven.
Citizens who know CPR, off-duty first responders and healthcare professionals can download the PulsePoint app to their smartphones. When Greenville County EMS gets an emergency 911 call that involves cardiac arrest in a public forum, they activate the location-based technology of the app alerting those citizens nearby who can start immediate, lifesaving CPR.
Dr. Marty Lutz, medical director of Greenville County EMS and medical director of transport services at Greenville Health System, says PulsePoint meets a critical need. In Greenville County alone, there are approximately 35 cardiac arrests every month. Sudden cardiac arrest is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly begins to quiver or stops beating. If this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. Sudden cardiac arrest usually causes death if it’s not treated within minutes, which is why it’s important to get treatment right away.
“By engaging trained bystanders in delivering CPR, we can double, even triple a person’s chance of survival,” said Dr. Lutz.
Craig McCoy, CEO of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, praised the partnership and use of new technology to save lives.
“PulsePoint will quickly become a vital tool for our community and can significantly strengthen the chain of survival,” said McCoy.
CLICK HERE to watch the announcement and see a demonstration on how the app works.