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Portage County EMS introduces new cardiac app
STEVENS POINT - Heart attacks can happen at any minute.
People in Portage County have a new way to make sure they're doing everything they can while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

"People are going to be able to get to patient's sides within minutes, maybe seconds," said Portage County EMS Coordinator Amber Osowski. "We can't have an ambulance in every corner of the county."

"With an average ambulance response time being several minutes, those several minutes make a big difference," added Midstate Technical College Associate Dean Richard Anderson.

Now people can do something during those several minutes with a new app in Portage County called PulsePoint. It teaches anyone how to execute proper CPR techniques to save a person's life.

"Only 16 percent of people really report that they have active CPR training, so to try to boost those numbers to increase the number of people to even engage in the first place is really, really important," said Anderson.
The app also helps show the locations of automated external defibrillators, or AEDs.

"[It's] very vital for us to make sure that people understand it's there," said Anderson. "It will increase the number of people to draw upon when people have their time of need."

"Seconds matter when it comes to cardiac arrest when somebody's heart is not beating anymore," added Osowski.

According to Osowski, the closest area with an app like PulsePoint is in the Fox Valley.

She hopes more counties start using the app too.

Story By: Angela Kim


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