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Latest News: PulsePoint Smartphone Notification and Prompt Saves Man's Life

Columbia, MD- On June 15, 2017 at approximately 8:30 am, firefighters and paramedics with the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) responded to 7100 Columbia Gateway Drive for a possible cardiac arrest. Units arrived to find 49 year old Sean Maguire in cardiac arrest with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in progress. Return of Spontaneous Circulation (ROSC) was achieved after approximately 15 minutes of high-performance CPR and advanced life support care. The immediate responder, Simone Rockstroh, 67, who happens to be an off duty volunteer firefighter delivered CPR.  She was alerted to the scene via PulsePoint push notification on her smartphone device and arrived to find Sean’s coworkers attempting to help him.  This is the first documented cardiac arrest save resulting from a PulsePoint notification in the state of Maryland.  Maguire has since been discharged from Howard County General Hospital and is recovering. 

In the fall of 2015, HCDFRS was the first jurisdiction in Maryland to launch PulsePoint - a smartphone app designed to empower CPR-trained residents to provide life-saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest.  The app sends push notifications to followers who are nearby the location of a cardiac arrest in a public location.  Over 3,000 have downloaded PulsePoint and elected to receive alerts from Howard County Fire and Rescue.         

“It’s extremely encouraging to know the residents of Howard County are invested in the health and wellness of others,” said Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman. “Everyone should take the time to learn CPR and download PulsePoint.  It really works; it saves lives.”

HCDFRS continues to promote CPR education and the use of PulsePoint throughout the community by hosting free CPR trainings on a daily basis.  Over 60,000 residents, employees, and visitors of Howard County have been trained in CPR over the past 5 years. 

“This success story should empower others to seek Hands-Only CPR training,” said Fire Chief John S. Butler. “Our department is committed to training residents and visitors in Howard County in CPR at no cost. Additionally, we express the importance and benefit of having PulsePoint and similar apps downloaded on your smartphone.”

On Friday, July 28, HCDFRS hosted a survivor’s reunion between Maguire, Rockstroh, and the crews who responded to the incident.  Photos of the event will be posted to our Facebook page. Please credit HCDFRS. For additional information please call 410-313-6039.

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