Hospitals and emergency responders in Dane County are coming together to improve cardiac arrest survival rates in our communities. Effective February 1, UnityPoint Health – Meriter, UW Health, SSM Health, Dane County EMS, and the City of Madison Fire Department are jointly supporting PulsePoint, a mobile app aimed at increasing bystander CPR.

Connected with the Dane County Public Safety 911 Communications, the PulsePoint app alerts CPR-trained bystanders when a sudden cardiac arrest occurs in a safe public place nearby. Users will be able to quickly begin hands-only compressions in the critical moments before EMS arrives.

“We are thrilled to support the PulsePoint app so more people who suffer from a sudden cardiac arrest can receive the help they need even before EMS arrives on scene,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. “Every moment counts in a medical emergency, and this app will help our friends and neighbors get the life-saving care they need even quicker.”

“We were thrilled to bring PulsePoint to Dane County several years ago, along with Madison Fire and Dane County EMS,” said Marilyn Rhodes, President of the UnityPoint Health – Meriter Foundation, which provided funding for the initial launch and promotion. “We’re so happy to bring in other community partners to help it grow even more.” Read the full release here.