A man’s life was saved during a Shania Twain concert in Spokane, Washington last Saturday evening thanks to the emergency phone app, PulsePoint.
When a fan in section 117 stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest, people nearby called 911 and the app instantly notified 40 people in the arena that their skills were needed.
There were a number of off-duty firefighters in the audience who were alerted since Shania had passed out free concert tickets at local fire stations in Spokane.
“Not only with the arena as an address, but right down to the section and the row and we just happened to have firefighters who were seated in that section,” Spokane Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said.
When the alert went out, their phones showed them where the patient was located within the arena, as well as the location of the nearest automated external defibrillator.
“So they responded immediately. A paramedic and one of our retired firefighter lieutenants, who went right to the victim and started rendering aid,” Schaeffer said. (Original story here).
As the PulsePoint app is implemented in more cities across the country, more lives are being saved by trained bystanders in the immediate area of the emergency. Whenever 911 is called for a cardiac emergency, the local EMS response system sends out an alert through PulsePoint to notify users within a quarter mile of the emergency that their life-saving skills are needed. The app also lets rescuers know the location of the closest AED (automated external defibrillator) is to use.
Check the coverage map here to see if your city has implemented this incredible life-saving app and alert you if someone needs help near you!