Cellphone app saves cardiac arrest victim’s life in Seattle

Cellphone app saves cardiac arrest victim’s life in Seattle

A cellphone app designed to connect cardiac arrest victims with nearby people who know CPR recently saved a Seattle man's life, several media outlets reported.

Stephen DeMont, a 60-year-old heart patient from Seattle, was standing at a bus stop in front of University of Washington Medical Center last Friday when he suddenly collapsed. The PulsePoint app alerted a nearby cardiac nurse, who quickly got outside and provide assistance until paramedics arrived.

Mr. DeMont survived the attack, and now he is walking and talking like any ordinary man. He is attributing his rescue to the PulsePoint app and explaining how it helped save his life.

The app was invented by Richard Price, who previously served California as a fire chief for more than three decades.

Explaining the app, he said, "Our software that's running in the dispatch center looks to see if we have anybody who is trained in CPR in the immediate vicinity. We notify them … also show any nearby access to public defibrillators, AEDs, so they can either start CPR or use that AED while the professional responders are on their way to the scene."

The life-saving cellphone app is already in use by millions of people in nearly two thousand cities in 28 states of the U. S.