New app could get aid to victims of cardiac arrest faster than ever

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JERSEY CITY (PIX11) -- It's called "Pulse Point" -- a mobile app that notifies CPR trained users who find themselves within a quarter of mile of a medical emergency.

Jersey City Medical Center is the first in the Garden State to jump on the technology, connecting first responders to someone in need, in worst case scenario, someone going into cardiac arrest.

"Its all about the patient," said Robert Luckritz, JCMC Director of EMS. "We truly wanted to make sure that we get the help to the patients faster."

"We have one of the lowest response times in the country but every second and every minute that goes by, the chance of surviving goes down by 10 percent."

For years, Jersey City Medical Center has provided free CPR classes to members of the community.

The app puts the skills of those trained to good use, empowering members to save lives.

While JCMC is leading the charge by alerting first responders in our area to nearby crisis, Pulse Point has already been saving lives in cities across the country.

Just last month a one-month old baby who stopped breathing in a grocery store in Washington state was saved by a CPR trained bystander who got an alert his phone.

The life-saving app was deployed in Jersey City Wednesday morning, and officials revealed to PIX11 that within hours it proved to be effective.

A user was alerted to someone in distress in the Journal Square area. Both EMS and the app user arrived to the scene to assist in the emergency.

Thankfully, the patient was not suffering from cardiac arrest and was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

To learn more about Pulse Point and the stories of survival its credited with, visit http://www.pulsepoint.org/