Just when you thought there was a life-changing app for everything, a new-to-the-area app could literally save lives---and first responders are calling it a total game changer.

Pulse Point is now live in parts of St. Louis, Franklin, and Jefferson County. (It’s previously launched in Clayton, Richmond Heights, Maplewood, Olivette, Shrewsbury, Webster Groves, Rock Hill, and Brentwood, and since their launch, they say there have already been several uses of the app).The app can be used to input AEDs so people know where they are, and to find those defibrillators in case of an emergency. They’re mapped out down to the location within the building. You can also register as CPR-certified and the app will alert you if someone within a quarter mile needs CPR, so you could step in before first responders are able to arrive.

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“Our response time in Clayton is typically three minutes but if we could have somebody there faster than that who’s on scene in the same region or within a block, that’s going to benefit that patient,” said Ryan Harrell, Clayton firefighter. “We are responding from our engine house; if you are across the street or in the building with these people, it will let you know in real time when we’re getting the dispatch.”

The agencies that partnered up to bring Pulse Point to the area hope eventually all of our local departments will get on board—and that people download it.

“The more people that we can get out there with the app, the more people will be notified when there is an event, and the better chance we have at saving lives.”  

Cardiac arrest is among the leading causes of death for Americans, killing about 475,000 a year—that’s more than house fires, car crashes, gun violence, or breast cancer, according to the American Heart Association. When responding, time is of the essence. Every minute someone goes without medical attention can decrease their chance of survival by up to 10 percent.

It’s hard to say how many lives Pulse Point would save in our area, but anecdotally, responders think it could make a big difference. Just since this summer, three people in Clayton have been saved thanks to emergency CPR or AED deployment.

“I think everybody wants to help, and this app not only allows people who are CPR certified but also people who are just in the area, they can get the AED, they can help in other ways,” said Harrell.