By Mike Colgan

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – There are many CPR apps out there, but not like the one unveiled in Silicon Valley Tuesday. It can alert a nearby person with CPR training that someone is in need of assistance.

PulsePoint was invented by retired San Ramon Valley Fire District Chief Richard Price after an incident where he was unaware of a medical emergency in his area.

“I didn’t find out about the emergency until the paramedics pulled up in front of the deli where I was having lunch,” said Price. “I likely could have made a significant difference if I just would have known about the emergency at the time of the initial 911 call.”

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

PulsePoint partner Tomi Ryba, CEO of El Camino Hospital, said that when CPR starts while paramedics are still rolling to the scene, there is a better chance of survival.

“With heart attacks seconds do matter a lot because you’re worried about heart tissue and obviously the outcome of the patient, and this will improve outcomes,” said Ryba.

The PulsePoint app is available for both iPhone and Android operating systems.

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  1. How can i join cpr as a firefighter?

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