Life-saving PulsePoint app launches in 8 St. Louis County commun - KMOV.com

Life-saving PulsePoint app launches in 8 St. Louis County communities

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A free mobile app credited with saving countless lives could be coming to several towns in West County.

The cities of Brentwood, Clayton, Maplewood, Olivette, Richmond Heights, Rock Hill, Shrewsbury, Webster Groves, and the East Central Dispatch Center announced the launch of PulsePoint, an app designed to help improve community response to sudden cardiac arrest.

The app alerts nearby CPR-trained citizens to a victim’s location and simultaneously dispatches local paramedics.

With help from a live map, users are directed to the nearest tools to help someone in need.

Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading cause of deaths in the U.S., according to the American Heart Association.

"We need your help. With bystander CPR, we can see an improvement in our survivorship. An increase in the improvement of outcomes,” said Dr. Justin Rapoff of SSM Health, “With the PulsePoint app, you have the ability to help save lives. We're going to make heroes out of our civilians."

Officials say an anonymous donor helped bring the app’s use to the area.

PulsePoint is available for free for both Androids and Apple devices.

For more information, click here.

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