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Lifesaving PulsePoint app now available in Johnson County and KC region

Johnson County has joined forces with other local city, county, fire department and emergency medical services to bring the lifesaving PulsePoint mobile app to the Kansas City region. The free mobile app alerts citizens trained in full or hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when someone in a nearby public place suffers sudden cardiac arrest. Public safety communications centers send alerts through the app at the same time they dispatch first responders to the scene.

The American Heart Association estimates that effective hands-only CPR provided immediately after a cardiac emergency can double or triple a person's chance of survival, but only 46 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims received bystander CPR in 2016.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the free PulsePoint Respond app through the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Once the app is installed, select the agency serving the area where you live or work to receive alerts. Users may follow more than one agency. Read the full news release on Mid-America Regional Council's website .