The North Texas Emergency Communication Center (NTECC) will soon implement a program that will allow CPR-trained residents and those with access to an AED to assist a cardiac arrest victim while medical professionals are on the way.
According to Terry Goswick, executive director of NTECC, Pulse Point is a cell phone application that will interface with NTECC’s computer aided dispatch to notify residents who have the app on their phone of emergency medical calls that have first responders responding.
The program will cover the Quad cities of Carrollton, Coppell, Addison and Farmers Branch and is expected to decrease the time a cardiac arrest victim has to wait for lifesaving assistance.
“We believe this will help everyone in the community get involved and will also allow those in critical need to obtain lifesaving assistance while paramedics are on the way,” Goswick said. “In critical times, every second counts, and it is our goal as an organization to best serve the needs of our residents, and this will greatly assist them.”
These cities’ first responders will also get an added benefit from the app, allowing those who are off-duty to be notified of medical incidents in their area. In addition, they will be able to arrive on scene where trained individuals are already assisting in the situation, Goswick said.
Gregg Salmi, Carrollton Fire Chief, said the department believes Pulse Point will make a difference by getting community involved with saving lives.
“Performing CPR and early defibrillation are extremely important in the survival of sudden cardiac arrest,” he said. “Pulse Point can be a game changer by alerting citizens of a cardiac arrest near them and the location of the closest Automated External Defibrillator (AED) so they can perform CPR during the critical time before we arrive on scene.”
Goswick said the program is expected to begin in October. Once it goes live, residents will be able to download the app on their phone and sign up.
“The more people who are signed up, the more likely that a person in need will receive life saving assistance while first responders are on the way,” Goswick said.