Today, REMSA (Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority) announced its launch of PulsePoint Respond. This smartphone app alerts CPR-certified or hands-only trained CPR citizens that someone within a quarter mile, in a public place, is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. REMSA’s planned launch of the app now covers all of Washoe County enabling CPR-qualified citizen responders in Reno, Sparks and Washoe County to react when necessary. This launch, coupled with an announcement that REMSA is on track to certify someone in CPR every 25 minutes by the end of calendar year 2018, are examples of REMSA’s ongoing commitment to implementing force multipliers for quality of life and improved healthcare outcomes – particularly as they relate to cardiac arrest – throughout Washoe County.
“REMSA has a long history of leading the region in CPR education and certification,” said Dean Dow, president and CEO of REMSA. “Coupling the tireless work of our education department to expand CPR knowledge with the opportunity for citizens to make a real, hands-on difference through the PulsePoint app was a natural programmatic pairing for us.”
The PulsePoint app will work through the REMSA Clinical Communications Center. While the app is notifying citizens of the cardiac emergency, REMSA paramedics are simultaneously dispatched to the medical emergency. The app also directs citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest publicly accessible AED.
“Around 315,000 people die from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year,” said Adam Heinz, director of the clinical communications center, REMSA . “Administering CPR immediately after an event can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. We are encouraging citizens across Washoe County, who are able to provide CPR, to download PulsePoint and be prepared to assist in an emergency.” REMSA’s preliminary figures for education and CPR training from the first six months of the year indicate that 2018 will surpass 2017, in which REMSA certified a person every 29 minutes.
Citizens can learn more and download the PulsePoint app.
Citizens interested in registering for a CPR class through REMSA can learn more by visiting REMSA’s Center for Prehospital Education online.