Smartphone app helps save man’s life

Scott Brawner
Scott Brawner

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV/CNN) – Smartphone apps: we love them, but we can’t seem to live without them.

And now there’s one that helped save a Portland, Oregon man’s life.

When someone calls 911, the PulsePoint app does a search of the area nearby to see if there’s anyone with the app who can help.

Scott Brawner, a firefighter with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, was off-duty on May 9. He was working out at the gym when he got an alert from PulsePoint on his phone.

The app showed a map indicating the location of a man nearby who needed help, specifically CPR.

Brawner followed the map and ran outside. In less than a minute he found Drew Basse, slumped over in his car. His heart had gone into cardiac arrest.

Brawner started CPR until paramedics arrived, an action that likely saved Basse’s life.

“I cannot believe this thing worked,” said Brawner. “I just got done doing CPR from PulsePoint in the parking lot. Even now, thinking about it, it’s amazing how fast that whole thing worked.”

Dr. Mark Hart from Adventist Medical Center, who treated Basse, says he’s in stable condition and should be able to leave the hospital soon.

“For the brain, minutes are critically important for recovery from a cardiac arrest,” said Dr. Hart. “There are very few things that the general public can do to make an impact in their day-to-day lives that can save the lives of fellow citizens.”

This past Saturday, Basse and Brawner got the chance to meet face-to-face.

“It was really emotional. I was there a week ago, I’ve been back twice with his family and grandchildren,” said Brawner. “It’s a pretty amazing connection.”

You can download PulsePoint for free for iOS devices here or Android devices here.

The app even has a section dedicated to teaching you how to perform CPR if you’re not familiar with how to do it.

The service is not available in Hawaii at this point. However, there has been a mention made on that Honolulu was in the process of possibly using the service.

Learn more about the PulsePoint app:

“PulsePoint is an enterprise-class, software-as-a-service (SaaS) pre-arrival solution designed to support public safety agencies working to improve cardiac arrest survival rates through improved bystander performance and active citizenship. Where adopted, the PulsePoint app empowers everyday citizens to provide life‐saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Application users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and willing to assist in case of an emergency can now be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the location-aware application will alert trained citizens in the vicinity of the need for bystander CPR simultaneous with the dispatch of advanced medical care. The application also directs these citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillator (AED).”

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