Virginia Beach EMS to Launch PulsePoint on July 14

App alerts people to nearby cardiac emergencies

Monday, July 02, 2018

On Saturday, July 14, the City of Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services (VBEMS) will launch PulsePoint Respond, a free mobile app that alerts CPR-trained bystanders and first responders, via E911 dispatchers, about a nearby sudden cardiac arrest event, and lets them know the location of the closest automatic external defibrillator (AED). Once alerted they can start to administer CPR until First Responders arrive. Every second counts when it comes to administering CPR. The PulsePoint application provides citizens with the ability to make those seconds count. Virginia Beach joins the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk and Newport News in offering this lifesaving service.

The official launch will be announced by City officials at an Open House to be held at EMS Headquarters & Training Center, 4160 Virginia Beach Blvd., on July 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Following the official announcement, guests will be invited to learn more about, and observe demonstrations of, how to use an AED, how to perform hands-only CPR and how to "Stop the Bleed." Tours of the facility and activities for kids will be provided by the WHRO team. Refreshments will be offered and the Kona Ice Truck will be onsite from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.   

The free app is available for download on iTunes and Google Play. To learn more about PulsePoint, visit www.pulsepoint.org.

For more information, contact Brigade Chief Joe Corley at (757) 385-5037 or jcorley@vbgov.com.

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