County embraces new app in rush to save lives

San Mateo County has launched PulsePoint — a free mobile app that alerts registered, CPR-trained users of a heart attack victim in a public place in their immediate vicinity. Users can then start CPR in the critical minutes before emergency teams arrive.

Sudden heart attacks can happen at any time. Every minute’s delay in CPR drops survival chances by up to 10 percent. According to the American Heart Association, 920,000 people have heart attacks every year, and about 25 percent of them have no symptoms before the attack.

 PulsePoint is used in more than 1,700 cities and counties across the country, and was founded by Richard Price, who spent 18 years as fire chief for the city of San Mateo.

The project is being funded by San Mateo County Emergency Medical Services Agency, American Medical Response, San Mateo County Pre-Hospital Emergency Group, San Mateo County Public Safety Communications, Peninsula Healthcare District and Sequoia Healthcare District.

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