EVERETT — October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. Earlier this year, Snohomish County introduced a new public safety tool to help people who suffer a cardiac arrest.
The cellphone app PulsePoint alerts citizens in the county that someone nearby, within a quarter-mile of their location, is likely in need of CPR. It should mean better chances of survival for the roughly four to five people who suffer a cardiac arrest each day in the county.
The PulsePoint organization is holding a contest for the month of October to encourage use of the app.
The PulsePoint Foundation is rewarding communities for identifying and registering automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
Each time an AED is registered on the app Oct. 1 to 31, the person who registered it will be entered into a contest with a chance to win one of 10 $500 Amazon gift cards. Collectively, the community that registers the most AEDs will win $5,000 worth of new AEDs to provide to public safety staff or place in the community.
AEDs must be registered through the free PulsePoint AED app or online at AED.new. After verification by your local fire agency, those AEDs are then added to the PulsePoint AED Registry to be shared with bystanders and 911 dispatchers during a cardiac emergency. The PulsePoint AED Registry currently includes more than 115,000 AEDs.
More information about the contest can be found on the PulsePoint website.