Hancock County turns to smartphones to save lives

Dispatchers at the Hancock County 911 center in Greenfield, Ind., on April 5, 2017. (WTHR Photo)
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GREENFIELD, Ind. (WTHR) - Statistics show every year about 350,000 people go into cardiac arrest outside of a hospital, and it's the leading cause of death in the United States.

But survival odds increase dramatically if there is someone to give CPR.

Officials in Hancock County are turning to a smartphone app to make sure someone is there during those emergencies.

You can think of PulsePoint as Uber for CPR. It allows citizens trained in CPR to receive alerts when someone goes into cardiac arrest.

“The chance of survival goes down 10% every minute CPR is not being performed,” said Corey Breese of the Greenfield Fire Department.

Hancock County takes in more than 80,000 emergency calls for service a year. Many of those are medical emergencies, with more than 300 square miles to cover. Immediacy is no small feat.

They hope the app will allow trained help to be there when first responders can’t. If a trained CPR administrator is within a quarter mile of a cardiac emergency, their app will send a notification to their phone.

“We are going to save lives in Hancock County,” said Dr. Stephanie Gardner of Hancock Health.

Hancock is the second county to use the app after Dearborn County.

Officials are urging people trained in CPR to download the app and register. P

PulsePoint can be found in your App store on your smart device.

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