UW Health is proud to partner with UnityPoint Health – Meriter, SSM Health, Dane County EMS and City of Madison Fire Department to support PulsePoint, a mobile app aimed at increasing bystander CPR.
Anyone already trained in CPR is encouraged to download the PulsePoint app and follow Dane County EMS/Fire and Madison Fire. The app will tell you when someone nearby is having a cardiac arrest so that you can start CPR before our crews arrive. Seconds matter and your actions could help save a life.
As Dr. Josh Ross, medical director for University Hospital’s emergency department, reminds us, “Survival rates decrease by as much as 10 percent every minute a cardiac arrest victim waits for help. The more people who can respond immediately in an emergency, the more survivors we will have in our community.”
When you download the app, select the “CPR alerts” as the first option during the installation process, then follow these additional steps:
- Go to “settings”
- Select “add new agency”
- Search for “Dane County EMS/Fire” and/or “Madison Fire”
- Select “follow”
School of Medicine and Public Health employees who are not yet trained in CPR can find information about CPR (Basic Life Support) training classes and CPR training classes at DanePulsePoint.com.
PulsePoint is not limited to emergency responders or those with official CPR certification. It can be used by anyone who has been trained in CPR, even informally. The app also provides step-by-step instructions and locations of the nearest defibrillators. The user is not liable for choosing not to respond or if there is a poor outcome.