St. Louis Park residents are invited to participate in PulsePoint, a smart phone app that allows CPR-trained citizens to provide lifesaving assistance to nearby victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The St. Louis Park Fire Department led the effort to implement PulsePoint in St. Louis Park in June 2017, making the city among the first communities in Minnesota to provide this service to residents.
“When minutes matter, the PulsePoint system offers the opportunity to get a trained person administering CPR as soon as possible,” said St. Louis Park Fire Department Chief Steve Koering. “This is a powerful tool in our efforts to increase cardiac survival rates in St. Louis Park, and we encourage CPR-trained residents to download the app.”
App users who have indicated they are trained in CPR and willing to assist in an emergency are notified if someone nearby requires CPR. If the cardiac emergency is in a public place and 911 has been called, the app alerts trained citizens in the vicinity of the need for bystander CPR, along with the dispatch of police, fire and EMS crews. The app also directs citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest publicly accessible automated external defibrillator (AED).
PulsePoint is a free app and can be downloaded from Apple and from Google Play.
For more information, visit the PulsePoint website.
Hands-only CPR training
The St. Louis Park Fire Department periodically offers hands-only CPR training classes for those ages 15 and over (an adult or guardian must be present with participants age 15-17). There is a maximum of 15 participants per class, and minimum of five per class. The training is not a certification course and participants will not qualify for a CPR certificate. View the upcoming training dates below, and sign up online for hands-only CPR training.
For more information or to arrange a training or refresher in hands-only CPR or AED, contact Nancy Schmelzle, fire safety and outreach coordinator, at email@example.com or 952.924.2566.
Upcoming training dates
Check back for 2019 dates!