1800 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93306-3302
July 14, 2016
Public Relations Officer
Kern County Launches PulsePoint CPR “Citizen Responder” Mobile App
Press Conference July 14, 2016, 10:00 A.M, 1800 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Bakersfield
WHAT: Kern County Public Health Services Department, Kern County Fire Department, Bakersfield City Fire Department and California City Fire Department have joined forces to launch a regional smartphone application called PulsePoint. Connected with Kern County 911, the PulsePoint app alerts CPRtrained bystanders when a sudden cardiac arrest occurs within their immediate vicinity. Users will be able to quickly find the victim and begin CPR immediately while waiting for emergency medical services to arrive.
WHEN: Thursday, July 14, 10:00 A.M.
WHERE: Kern County Public Health Services Department, 1800 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Bakersfield, CA
WHO: Speakers will include Matthew Constantine, Director Kern County Public Health Services Department; Dr. Kristopher Lyon, Kern County Emergency Medical Services Medical Director; and Michelle Curioso, Public Health Nurse and mother to a sudden cardiac arrest survivor.
WHY: Sudden cardiac arrest kills almost 1,000 people per day in the U.S. and nearly 60% of victims don’t get CPR until professional help arrives. For every minute that passes, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s survival rate decreases by 710%. Many adults are trained in CPR, but often are not aware of when help is needed.
VISUALS: Interview opportunities with Public Health and Emergency Medical Services officials and the local mother of a sudden cardiac arrest survivor, handsonly CPR demonstration available, automated external defibrillator (AED) display, video presentation, posters and infographic.
For more information or to download the app, visit www.kernpublichealth.com/pulsepoint