The City of Parkville set an example at the Board of Aldermen meeting on September 19th by receiving Hands-Only CPR from the Southern Platte Fire Protection District (SPFPD). The trainees are now ready to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) services through notifications from the PulsePoint app. Sudden cardiac arrest strikes about 350,000 people in the United States every year. When someone is in cardiac arrest, seconds count.
The life-saving PulsePoint app for smart phones provides mobile alerts to citizens trained in hands-only CPR when someone in a nearby public place suffers sudden cardiac arrest. Public safety communications centers send alerts through the app at the same time they dispatch first responders to the scene and users of the closest available automated external defibrillator (AED) so users can start CPR before an ambulance arrives.
Anyone with a smart phone can download the free PulsePoint app. Once installed users can select the agency serving the areas where they live and work to receive alerts. The app is available through three agencies that dispatch emergency medical services in all or part of six counties in the Kansas City metro, in both Kansas and Missouri. Richard Carrizzo, SPFPD Fire Chief and president of the Heart of America Fire Chiefs, said, “Combined, these areas have a population of over 1.3 million. This is the largest regional effort to simultaneously implement PulsePoint in the nation. Getting more people trained in #HandsOnlyCPR is a plus!”
The SPFPD invites businesses to schedule a 20 minute hands-only CPR training session to practice skills on manikins. There is not a certification associated with the training, but it is a skill that can enable citizens to save a life. The American Red Cross states that 27 percent of all citizens will have to provide CPR to someone. Businesses can contact Deputy Chief Ralph Nell at (816) 741-2900 or by e-mail to schedule Hands-Only CPR training at the workplace.
Employers can also schedule training for their employees through local fire or emergency medical service departments, the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association.
Mayor Johnston said “The City is proud to be part of the movement to train citizens in Hands-Only CPR. If this saves one life it will be worth it!”
For more information about the smart phone app, visit http://www.pulsepoint.org/download/. For questions about the Board’s training contact City Administrator Joe Parente at (816) 741-7676.