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Information About CPR

Anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should! Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed.


Cardiac arrests are more common than you think, and they can happen to anyone at any time.

  • Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love
  • Four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home. Statistically speaking, if called on to administer CPR in an emergency, the life you save is likely to be someone at home: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.
  • Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.
  • Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.
  • Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest.
  • Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths.

* Cardiac arrest statistics sourced from American Heart Association.

PulsePoint

PulsePoint CPR/AED smartphone application to help improve sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival rates. The PulsePoint app helps improve community response to SCA victims by enabling citizen bystanders to provide lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and access a nearby public access automated external defibrillator (AED).


The Pulse Point app was sponsored by Ellis Medicine and was collaboratively implemented by Saratoga County and Clifton Park Halfmoon Emergency Corps.

SCA is a leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for an estimated 325,000 deaths each year or 1,000 deaths per day. The American Heart Association estimates that effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. However, only about one quarter of SCA victims receive bystander CPR and even fewer receive a potentially lifesaving therapeutic shock from a public access AED. Improving bystander CPR rates and access to AEDs is critical to survival.


If you know CPR, you can be a life saver. The first step is to download the app!

How to sign up for PulsePoint

  • Download the PulsePoint app on any IOS or Android device.
  • Agree to the app terms.
  • If you are CPR-trained and willing to help, select “Yes” to opt-in and receive notifications.
  • Allow PulsePoint to access your location.
  • Alerts will be sent for emergencies occurring within a quarter-mile.

Sources: Medic One Foundation and PulsePoint

Have Questions About CPR and PulsePoint?

Why Should I Download the PulsePoint App?

PulsePoint Respond and PulsePoint AED are apps for your smartphone that can alert you when someone near you needs CPR or an AED. Downloading PulsePoint can enable you to take action and save a life.

What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)?

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is an abrupt loss of cardiac function. SCA occurs when the heart's electrical system stops working properly. It can occur with little or no warning, and is one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

Why Should I Get CPR Certified?

Getting certified in CPR can help you be prepared in the event someone goes into Sudden Cardiac Arrest. You can also download the PulsePoint app on your smartphone, which will send you a notification if someone in your area needs CPR or an AED.

I'm Not CPR Certified, Can I Still Help?

Yes! If you do not have CPR training, you can still help someone in SCA by getting an AED. The PulsePoint AED app will send you a notification is someone near you needs an AED, and will guide you to the closest available defibrillator. You can also register to take a class with us and become CPR certified!

How Do I Register For A CPR Class?

You can sign up to take a class in our AHA Training Center by selecting the class date you would like and completing the online registration. You can also pay the course fee online! If you have any questions about AHA training, you can contact us by email or at (518) 371-3880.