(Los Angeles, CA) -- A new mobile app being launched today in Los Angeles County could save lives. LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas says the smartphone app PulsePoint alerts users to cardiac arrest victims in the area.
The hope is for citizens to aid victims before emergency crews arrive. 911 dispatchers would use the app to notify registered users trained in CPR that someone in their vicinity needs help. Officials say only eight percent of cardiac victims survive, and survivability rates are directly dependent on receiving immediate CPR.