Whose Life Will You Save Today?  There’s an app for that!

Whose Life Will You Save Today? There’s an app for that!


Help build the most comprehensive registry of AEDs for use during emergencies.

The Pacific Northwest is one of those areas that is blessed with more trained responders than just about any other place in the country, only second to Rochester, Minnesota. We have thousands of trained CPR/AED responders in our neighborhoods and workplaces, and most, if not all, are ready, willing and able to render aid.

Surviving a cardiac event requires fast response, but often times that response comes too late. An event could be in progress next door, across the hall at work, or in the grocery store and as a trained responder you wouldn’t know.

PulsePoint Respond is the app that alerts citizen responders who know CPR to local emergencies near them and also to the location of the nearest AED.

When a cardiac emergency strikes, finding an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can help save a life. But that takes knowing where AEDs are located. PulsePoint AED lets you report and update AED locations so that emergency responders, such as nearby citizens trained in CPR and off-duty professionals such as firefighters, police officers and nurses, can find an AED close to them when a cardiac emergency occurs.

You and PulsePoint AED can help strengthen the chain of survival for cardiac arrest victims. Download PulsePoint AED for free and use it to report AED locations wherever you see one. Describe the location, snap a picture, and the information is stored for local authorities to verify. After that, the AED location data is made available to anyone using PulsePoint Respond (also available for free in the App Store). PulsePoint Respond is the app that alerts citizen responders who know CPR to local emergencies near them and also to the location of the nearest AED.


The AEDs that you locate and report using PulsePoint AED are also made available to local dispatchers in the emergency communication center, allowing them to direct callers to the nearby life-saving devices.

PulsePoint AED also logs the identity (Facebook or Twitter account) of users adding devices to ensure accountability and to facilitate AED contest scoring.

There’s power in your community—bystanders ready to help save more lives from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). But how can you seize that potential and activate your citizens to change patient outcomes? The answer is PulsePoint.

PulsePoint is not in service with any Pacific Northwest Agency at this time
The PulsePoint Respond app

PulsePoint Respond is an enterprise-class, software-as-a-service (SaaS) pre-arrival solution designed to support public safety agencies working to improve cardiac arrest survival rates through improved bystander performance and active citizenship. Where adopted, PulsePoint Respond empowers everyday citizens to provide life‐saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Application users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and willing to assist in case of an emergency can now be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the location-aware application will alert trained citizens in the vicinity of the need for bystander CPR simultaneous with the dispatch of advanced medical care. The application also directs these citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

How it can help

SCA can happen to anyone, at any time, but PulsePoint Respond empowers CPR-trained citizens to help improve patient outcomes and save lives by reducing collapse-to-CPR and collapse-to-defibrillation times. And when citizens are more aware of and engaged with the health of their community, they become better partners with your team—and a critical part of your response efforts.

How do I deploy the app in my community?

The first step is to build consensus for the app in your community. Determine who should be involved in such a decision and assemble them to discuss the matter and ask questions. Typical attendance might include representatives from Fire, EMS, Communications, Information Technology, Public Information/Outreach, Leadership/Elected Officials, Labor, and affiliated non-governmental organizations such as the local heart association chapter, hospital board/foundation, etc., in addition to interested members of the community. You should also contact your Computer-aided Dispatch vendor at this point to begin discussing the interface requirements and any associated costs. If the vendor has already installed the interface in other accounts this should be a straightforward request. If they haven’t, contact our implementation partner, Physio-Control, and they will provide assistance in getting them the support they need to get up and running on the service.

The application also requires data on all publicly accessible AEDs in your jurisdiction. If this information is dated or incomplete, now is the time to consider fully re-validating these records. PulsePoint provides a powerful, easy-to-use visual registry to accurately place each AED at its precise location.

Once your organization has made the decision to move forward, contact Physio-Control for complete assistance along the path to a successful implementation.

Widow: Defibrillator not used because of husband’s hairy chest

Widow: Defibrillator not used because of husband’s hairy chest

A man was flying from Los Angeles to Albuquerque on Southwest Airlines when he died of a heart attack. His wife thinks his hairy chest had something to do with his death.

By Nancy Laflin KOAT Albuquerque.

Caroline and Jack Jordan were on the Southwest Airlines flight when the heart attack occurred. Passengers performed CPR, but he didn’t survive the attack.

His wife said a defibrillator was on board, but wasn’t used because of her husband’s hairy chest.

“The flight attendant that had been right up there with us said because his chest is too hairy,” she said.

A local Albuquerque physician said reacting to an emergency quickly can be the difference between life and death, and chest hair is rarely a factor with a defibrillator not working.

The staff at the Albuquerque Heart Institute said there are razors and scissors included with the devices to shave hair and cut clothing and jewelry. Caroline Jordan said for her husband it was too late.

In our CPR/AED Classes at Northwest Response we teach all students opn how to deal with a hairy chest before applying the AED electrodes.  All Students who become certified in CPR & AED Deployment know how to deal with a situation like this, obviously Southwest Airlines Needs Some serious retraining, with a certified instructor.

The HeartSine 450P with CPR Rate Advisor

The HeartSine 450P with CPR Rate Advisor

Northwest Response is a proud distributor of the The HeartSine 450P with CPR Rate Advisor

What is all the excitement about?

Real-Time CPR Rate Feedback

While some cardiac events are treatable with effective Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) alone, others require a combination of effective CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to deliver a lifesaving shock within the first few minutes of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). In both cases, effective CPR contributes to an increase of survival rates of up to 75%.

More than a simple AED, the HeartSine samaritan® PAD 450P with integrated CPR Rate Advisor™ provides real-time visible and audible feedback to the rescuer on the rate of chest compressions during an SCA resuscitation.

CPR Rate Advisor™

While some SCA victims benefit from the delivery of a shock, effective CPR with minimum interruption will maximize the chances of a positive outcome for virtually every SCA victim.  Using HeartSine’s proprietary ICG-based technology, the SAM 450P with CPR Rate Advisor provides the rescuer with continuous real-time verbal prompts of “Push faster,” “Push slower,” or “Good speed” to help achieve the optimum rate of compressions as defined by the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for CPR. Similarly, the SAM 450P detects if CPR has stopped, and prompts the rescuer to “Begin CPR” until CPR has resumed.

The SAM 450P also incorporates an intuitive LED-based visual feedback feature that operates in tandem with the verbal prompts enabling rescuers to operate in extra noisy environments.

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Twenty-five people take turns to perform CPR for one and a half hours (1.5) hours to keep a man who collapsed after a heart attack alive.

Twenty-five people take turns to perform CPR for one and a half hours (1.5) hours to keep a man who collapsed after a heart attack alive.

Don’t give up too soon!

I have often shared this incredible story in my classes of a community that just would not give up on one of their own. Because of their efforts, a man who suffered a massive heart attack is alive and well today after being kept alive for an incredible 1.5 hours (90 minutes) by passers-by who took turns to perform CPR.

Never Give Up! Unless you have reached the final “5”!

  • Too Exhausted to Continue
  • EMS Arrives, or Another Responder Takes Over
  • The Scene is Unsafe to Stay
  • An AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Needs to be Deployed
  • An Obvious Sign of Life

Howard Snitzer, 54, collapsed in the street when he suffered a potentially fatal cardiac arrest on his way to collect groceries. With a population of just 800 people and not a single traffic light in the town, his chances of survival looked bleak, but Snitzer was miraculously kept alive by dozens of good Samaritans who pumped his heart as he lay lifeless on the ground.

The chef has now made an almost full recovery and is relaxing at his home in the back-water town of Goodhue, Minnesota. He said: ‘I love them. I love those people. What can I say? It’s pretty overwhelming to be in a room full of people that are not going to walk away and give up on you.’ And I had nothing to do with it. It’s just one of those things. They’re all angles as far as I’m concerned. ‘I don’t remember going (for groceries), I don’t remember getting out of the car, and I don’t remember blacking out.’

Al Lodermeier, who owns the garage just across the street from where Snitzer collapsed, was one of the first people to start CPR.

Howard Snitzer. Alive today, because we did not give up on him.

He alerted his brother Roy who was joined by another passer-by who witnessed the moment Sitzer collapsed, Candace Koehn.

The Lodermeier brothers were both veteran first responders with more than three decades of experience on the volunteer Goodhue Fire Department and grabbed the rescue truck for its first aid kit. Koehn had also been trained in CPR. Other rescuers joined including police, volunteer fire fighters and rescue squads from the neighbouring towns of Zumbrota and Red Wing. 

The Mayo Clinic’s emergency helicopter, Mayo One, flew in from Rochester, Minnesota from almost 35 miles away.

Their teamwork kept blood flowing to Snitzer’s brain, making each rescuer a surrogate for his failing heart. 

‘I’ts remarkable. It’s a great example of people doing the right thing and having it work out,’ Bruce Wilkoff, a Cleveland Clinic heart rhythm specialist, told USA Today.

He added: ‘The brain survives, at best, five or six minutes when the blood flow stops.’

It is estimated that across the U.S. only five percent of those who who suffer cardiac arrest on the street are resuscitated and live.

Other rescuers joined including police, volunteer fire fighters and rescue squads from the neighbouring towns of Zumbrota and Red Wing.

Even cities with the best records of responding to out-of-hospital cardiac arrests are said to save fewer than half of all victims or just 45 percent at best if the cardiac arrest is witnessed by a bystander.

‘I don’t think the story’s about me,’ Snitzer told USA Today. ‘It’s about the guys in Goodhue and Mayo One.

‘My end of this bargain is to honour the guys who did this for me.’

During the emergency, first responders shocked Snitzer a dozen times to jolt his heart out of its abnormal rhythm, or ventricular fibrillation. 

Paramedics Bruce Goodman and Mary Svoboda also gave Snitzer intravenous drugs to try to restore his heartbeat to normal. 

When he didn’t respond, he called experts for guidance and they agreed to try a calculated overdose of a heart drug, amiodarone, which worked.

The Mayo One helicopter crew landed and  found a line of first responders taking turns pumping on Snitzer’s chest. Al Lodermeier was at Snitzer’s head, squeezing air into a mask over his mouth using a device called an ambu bag.

Doctors feared that Snitzer might have suffered a blood clot and suffer brain damage but has now been released from hospital after 10 days and is on course to make a full recovery.

When he didn’t respond, he called experts for guidance and they agreed to try a calculated overdose of a heart drug, amiodarone, which worked.

‘The number one thing in this case was that someone recognized very quickly that he had arrested and began good, hard, fast CPR,’ said Mayo One paramedic Bruce Goodman who arrived shortly after Snitzer collapsed.

‘If you’d told me that night that this guy was going to get up and walk out of the hospital I would probably have said, ”I’ll bet my house against yours he won’t ”.’

Where is the nearest AED? (Automated External Defibrillator)

Where is the nearest AED? (Automated External Defibrillator)

Where is the AED in your neighborhood?

Citizen responders have been using AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) combined with quality CPR to save thousands of lives each year around the globe.  Every week I read another story about ordinary people doing the extraordinary in saving the life of a loved one, friend, coworker and stranger using publicly accessible AEDs combined with CPR.

The Cardiac Chain of Survival is simple:

  1. Immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system
  2. Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on chest compressions
  3. Rapid defibrillation
  4. Effective advanced life support
  5. Integrated post-cardiac arrest care
The problem with any chain is its weakest link, and in way too many cases of Sudden Cardiac Arrest; the weak link is the lack of access to an AED.  Surviving a Sudden Cardiac arrest depends on the Cardiac Chain of Survival.

It’s a numbers game for surviving an SCA, and for every minute that goes by, the chances of survival drop by 10%. Survival varies widely among communities, yet overall averages around 8% in the U.S.  Implementing a system of care including early recognition, 9-1-1 CPR instructions, early defibrillation, and high-quality professional CPR, along with guideline-based, post-arrest care could save as many as half of these victims.

Cardiac arrests are more common than you think, and they can happen to anyone at any time.  Rural communities especially need to address these needs as response time is critical.  How long before EMS reaches your home or office?

“Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually.
88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home.
Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.”

Automated External Defibrillators have yet to catch on with the average homeowner or small business office, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t one nearby.  Take the time to learn where there are.  Grocery stores, schools, the neighbor, the local library, many public and private homes and offices now have AEDs as part of their emergency preparedness programs.

AEDs in the home, AEDs in the office, AEDs in your neighborhood; it’s a no brainer!  The cost of ownership has been drastically reduced to less than the price of a new Flat Screen TV, and if everyone on your block, office floor, or apartment building chipped in to purchase this potentially life saving device, the cost of ownership becomes negligible, because saving a life is priceless!

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Woman thankful to NY Jets trainers who saved her life

Woman thankful to NY Jets trainers who saved her life

After passengers near Larisa Enker, 74, alerted those around them that she seemed unresponsive just after the door to the gate had closed, she was brought off the aircraft by three people: a Louisiana cardiologist named Conrad Jablonski and the two Jets trainers, Josh Koch and Dave Zuffelato.


Larisa Enker doesn’t remember boarding the plane at Newark on Monday, Feb. 17, scheduled to fly her back to Indianapolis. She doesn’t remember waking up at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center at some point afterward, either.

In the long interim that she can’t recall, Enker, 74, had a heart attack and had her life saved by her fellow passengers, including two Jets trainers, and Port Authority police officers on the ground at the airport.

After passengers near her alerted those around them that Enker seemed unresponsive just after the door to the gate had closed, she was brought off the aircraft by three people: a Louisiana cardiologist named Conrad Jablonski and the two Jets trainers, Josh Koch and Dave Zuffelato. Jablonski, who had been at the front of the plane, remembered seeing Enker slowly make her way to her seat a few minutes earlier, one of the last passengers on the aircraft.

On the jetway, the three of them performed CPR on Enker as she continued to be unresponsive, had no pulse and wasn’t breathing. Together with the Port Authority police arriving on scene, they were able to restore her pulse on the second shock from an AED. Using what Jablonski described as an “old school” oxygen tank and mask, they were able to get her breathing as well.

Enker was brought to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, where she is still recovering from both the heart attack and broken ribs as a result of CPR. She was emotionally moved when she heard of the quick action taken by her three fellow passengers.

“(They) practically saved my life,” Enker said. “I was crying when I find out. I was very touched.”

Enker is originally from Estonia, but has lived in Indianapolis for the past 22 years. She was on her way back from Israel, where she had been on vacation, and was connecting through Newark.

“I don’t remember anything. Absolutely nothing,” Enker said. “I don’t even remember being on the plane.”

It’s difficult for her to talk with her broken ribs, but she recognized that the bones were a small price to pay in exchange for the treatment she received.

Police believe that the swift work of Jablonski, Koch and Zuffelato were critical in saving Enker’s life.

“This lady here was quite fortunate that she had these Jets guys that were there,” Port Authority Lieutenant Thomas Toht said. “These Jets guys, for them to step up, it was a big deal.”

Of course, Jablonski had never met Koch and Zuffelato, but the three had to work in concert, and quickly, to help Enker.

“Absolutely, the key with her was, everybody doing the role,” Jablonski said. “One guy was doing CPR, and the other guy was manipulating the equipment the way I asked him. All of those things worked very well. It was a great team effort.”

“This was unbelievable,” he added. “It certainly couldn’t have been done without the other trainers. Without those other two guys, I think the outcome would have been not as good.”

The two Jets trainers were on their way to the NFL’s annual scouting combine, and they reboarded their plane after Enker’s situation became stable enough to move her. Word of their actions didn’t come out for a week.

“First of all and most importantly, we’re thankful that she survived and is receiving the medical attention that she needs,” Jets president Neil Glat said in a statement. “When it comes to Dave and Josh, their response doesn’t surprise me at all. They are dedicated, selfless employees, who are ready and willing to help someone. We’re always proud of our own, and glad they were able to provide some assistance.”

“We’re conditioned to help people,” Zuffelato said via the team when word came out. “When the situation arose, the doctor, Josh and I did our best to help.”

The two trainers declined further comment through a team spokesperson.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/jet-trainers-lifesavers-article-1.1707845#ixzz2v69jb8Nx