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Akron joins cities using app to alert citizens to nearby cardiac emergencies

Posted at 11:57 AM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-31 11:57:14-04

Akron is joining the ranks of cities across Ohio that use a life-saving app to alert nearby citizens to emergencies when help is needed.

On Thursday Mayor Daniel Horrigan announced that the city joined an app called Pulse Point, with an aim at helping people in need before EMTs arrive. 

The app alerts users trained in hands-only CPR to a victim who is reported near their location.

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"The Pulse Point app is a free tool that our citizens can use to potentially save a life,” Horrigan said. “As city and public safety officials, our duty is to take care of our citizens, and we urge our citizens to take care of one another too, by learning CPR and being willing to assist a cardiac arrest victim if needed.”

The app also tells users where the nearest automated external defibrillator (AED) is located. The software will allow users to log new locations of AEDs as they are placed around the city. 

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