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This EMS Live in Wisconsin podcast was about PulsePoint - a trained citizen alert smartphone app for CPR events.
Our podcast guest was Samantha Hilker with Gold Cross Ambulance, Menasha, Wisconsin. She recently introduced PulsePoint to the Fox Valley area. They've had over 1,000 followers signup to receive alerts.
- PulsePoint is currently in use in 2,400+ communities around the country, and has been operating for seven years. The experience in those communities has been extremely positive with no negative consequences. The people who respond sincerely want to help. In many situations, responders are off-duty EMS and healthcare professionals. The PulsePoint website is >> www.PulsePoint.org.
- Having citizen responders is critical. Gold Cross serves the entire region - 1,200 square miles of portions of Outagamie, Winnebago, Calumet and Waupaca counties. That's a lot of territory to cover. The more people who are able and willing to respond, the better.
- Although the app is free, users have to stipulate they know CPR when downloading the app, indicating that if alerted they will respond within the context of their training.
- The alert only goes to PulsePoint users within a 1/4 mile radius of the patient, so that's a limited group of people who understand they may be alerted, and want to offer aid.
Questions to be discussed:
1. What is it?
2. How does it work?
3. Are strangers going to show up at my house if I call 911?
4. What about HIPAA?
5. Will I be sued if I help someone?
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