El Camino Hospital, PulsePoint to Crowdsource Defib Locations
El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, Calif., in collaboration with the PulsePoint Foundation, has launched the second PulsePoint mobile app, PulsePoint AED, which is designed to build a registry of public automated external defibrillators (AED) available for use during cardiac emergencies. Santa Clara County, Calif., is the first to roll out this new app, which is available for free download from the iTunes Store and Google Play.
In conjunction with the launch of the PulsePoint AED app, El Camino Hospital is hosting an AED Location Contest, where participants locate and submit unregistered AEDs in Santa Clara County using the PulsePoint AED app. The top three winners will each receive a prize, such as an iPad.
The PulsePoint AED app enables users to report and update public AED locations simply by taking a photo of the AED using their iPhone or Android mobile phone and uploading the photo and location information to the registry. All validated information uploaded into the registry is also provided to the local emergency communications center for real-time display on dispatcher consoles during calls for assistance. Additionally, the app is integrated with the existing PulsePoint Respond CPR app, alerting CPR-trained citizen bystanders of the nearest AED location in the event of a cardiac emergency.