Life-saving app launches in Milwaukee County

Posted at 9:59 PM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-14 06:49:52-04
There's a new app that could save your life or help you save someone else. It's called Pulse Point, and Monday it launched in Greenfield, West Allis, and North Shore fire.
Soon, Milwaukee, Oak Creek, and Wauwatosa will have the app too.
"We can not rewind the resuscitation clock," said Greenfield Fire Chief Jon Cohn.
The departments respond as quickly as they can, but in an emergency- minutes make the difference.
"Every minute decreases the chance of survival by at least 10 percent," said Cohn. 
So, the Pulse Point app takes minutes off the time for a life-saving response.
The new Pulse Point app lets you know when there's a need for bystander CPR in those critical moments between the 911 call and professional help arriving. It will also give you the steps to providing hands-only CPR. Hands-only doesn't require breaths. Fire officials tell TODAY'S TMJ4 there's no liability in giving CPR until professionals arrive, and they hope more people will jump in when a situation arises.
Some examples given include standing an aisle over from someone in a store. You may not know if there's an emergency going on. But, with Pulse Point, you would get a notification, telling you that person needs CPR.
"We are asking our citizens to become part of the solution," explained Wauwatosa Mayor Kathy Ehley.
That's because about 20 percent of Milwaukee County emergencies get bystander CPR and the national average is more than 40 percent. That may be a scary statistic for the three people that go into cardiac arrest everyday in Milwaukee County.
"There's more people out there that need help than you think," said Emily Zielinski, a former lifeguard and nanny whose certification lapsed.
After Monday's announcement, she learned hands-only CPR in less than 10 minutes, and plans to download the app.