Originally published: August 8, 2014
Last updated: August 8, 2014 - 7:24pm
Hoping to turn regular cellphone-toting Angelenos into rapid responders, the Los Angeles County Fire Department has linked its dispatch system to a cellphone app that will notify CPR-trained good Samaritans when someone in a public place nearby is having a cardiac arrest.
The app, called PulsePoint, sends Fire Department alerts to mobile phone users at the same time that dispatchers send the official messages to emergency crews -- increasing the possibility that a cardiac arrest victim could get lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation from a bystander while medical responders are still on the way, department officials said.
The program also provides CPR instruction and the location of defibrillators nearby.
- Mobile app improves rates of CPR in cardiac arrest cases, studies find
- Supreme Court Taking Up Police Searches of Data Troves Known as Cellphones
- Justices Appear Divided on Cellphone Warrants
- Online Marketer Settles Privacy Charges
- Iowans put 911 texting to test
- Justice Department appeals court ban on cell phone tracking
- National Network for First Responders Is Years Away
- Mobile Technology’s Role in Natural Disasters and Public Safety Preparedness and Response
- Police should be able to seize a suspect’s phone — sometimes
- FCC Adopted Rules For New Advanced Medical Technologies
- Why the SCOTUS Cellphone Decision is a Win for Press Freedom
- Emergency Communications: Can You Hear?
- Activist sues San Francisco Police Department after warrantless search of cell phone
- Justice Scalia set to play key role in Supreme Court smartphone case
- Despite the data, teens missing message on risks of texting and driving