PulsePoint notification app helps off-duty firefighter save Milwaukie man’s life

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There is a life-saving app that is worth knowing about. It’s called PulsePoint. What it does is alert people who have signed up and are trained in cardiac pulmonary resuscitation (CRP) that someone in their nearby vicinity is having a medical emergency.

Drew Basse is thankful to PulsePoint and the Portland area off-duty firefighter-paramedic who came to his rescue after he went into cardiac arrest. Scott Brawner was exercising at a nearby fitness club when he got the alert.

Brawner shares: “As a firefighter, I know that every minute passes without a SCA (sudden cardiac arrest) victim receiving resuscitation, the chances of that person surviving decreases 10 percent. By adopting PulsePoint, agencies are removing much of the fate–and luck–in survival by involving CPR-trained citizen rescuers in cardiac arrest response.”

Thanks to Brawner’s quick response and continuing CPR until the paramedics arrived, Basse, a Milwaukee truck driver, is expected to fully recover without losing any cognitive function. One week later Basse and his children got a hospital visit from Browner in which they learned more about the app and the man who had saved their father’s life.

Basse’s son, Shane, says of the experience: “This app saved my Dad’s life. We’re so grateful to the PulsePoint Foundation for creating this life-saving app, Scott Brawner for his heroic actions and Clackamas Fire for not only their quick response, but for adopting this technology.”

Why not share this story with fire department officials in your town and suggest they adopt PulsePoint, so if you are trained in CPR, you too can sign up to be a lifesaver!

Oregon Live, 5/28/14

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