Skagit County Emergency Medical Services adopts PulsePoint AED to build and manage public defibrillator registry

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Monday, October 3, 2022, Skagit County Emergency Medical Services announced the adoption of PulsePoint AED in Skagit County to further their commitment to creating a healthy and civically engaged community.

According to a news release from Skagit County, PulsePoint AED allows users to register publicly available Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), which can be located on a map in the mobile app for quick access during a cardiac emergency. When a cardiac emergency strikes, finding an AED can help save a life. Early application of bystander CPR and rapid defibrillation from an AED have proven to be crucial in improving a person’s chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest. But that takes knowing where AEDs are located.

Community members can download the free app to begin locating and reporting public AEDs, or use the easy-to-remember web page — aed.new — to easily add AEDs to the global registry which is reviewed and approved by Skagit County Emergency Medical Services.

A study, published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, found that 66 percent of cardiac arrest victims, who received a shock from an AED performed by a bystander before emergency help arrived, survived to hospital discharge. Conversely, without bystander use of a publicly available AED – waiting instead for emergency responders to arrive – 70 percent of cardiac arrest victims died or survived with impaired brain function.

“With PulsePoint AED, we hope to increase access to AEDs and create greater awareness throughout our community around the important role AEDs play in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival,” said Josh Pelonio, Director of Skagit County Emergency Medical Services.