Pulse Point app: Can citizens trained in CPR help firefighters save lives?

New app Pulse Point is designed to save lives, and it releases in Lane County soon

LANE COUNTY, Ore. - It's one of the scariest phone calls you can make, especially when someone around you is going through cardiac arrest.

"Every minute that defibrillation is delayed to a patient, they have a 10% chance of survival," said Joanna Kamppi, the EMS Chief for the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department.

The moments leading up to first responders arrival are crucial, but this is where a member of the community could make a difference.

Pulse Point picks up on key words the 911 operator puts into the system and sends out an alert informing the public that someone is in need of CPR.

"That's who we hope will come and just do chest compressions is a member of the public that will come and do chest compressions prior to the arrival of the fire department," said Kamppi.

Don't worry, because if you don't know CPR, every 911 operator is trained to teach you how to do it over the phone, and the app also has directions.

Fire officials say the only way that they'll be able to make a difference in survival rates is with bystander CPR.

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