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Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional; I am not qualified to give medical advice and nothing written at scmednews should be considered an endorsement of any healthcare-related product or policy unless explicitly stated.

One of the programs that the Emergency Medical Care Commission is proud of and proud to endorse is the “Be a Friend, Save a Friend” Program, which encourages people who suspect a friend of having a heart attack or stroke to immediately call 911 and be coached through providing CPR by hand or using an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). But what happens when the person suffering the heart attack or stroke is at a sporting event or festival? PulsePoint addresses that question via a smartphone app that allows a notification to be pushed out to other phones identified as being present at the same event.

If a person suffering a heart attack or stroke can receive CPR quickly and until First Responders can arrive, that person’s chances of surviving the attack and recovering more completely go way up! PulsePoint allows 911 call centers to identify registered CPR-trained bystanders at the location and alert them that there is someone near them who needs help.

Santa Cruz County’s Call Center is implementing this application, which means that Sudden Cardiac Arrest patients may get assistance even before paramedics or EMTs arrive.

First Aid Smartphone Apps Could Save Lives

MakeUseOf recently detailed some first aid apps that could be useful. As they point out, incorrectly applying first aid could be dangerous and you are well-advised to seek training. CPR training is available in Santa Cruz County through the Red Cross, Dignity Health/Dominican Hospital, Cabrillo College, and various private classes.

The apps recommended in the article include:

The Red Cross also has a pet first aid app and the British Red Cross offers a baby and child first aid app on both iOS and Android.

For a general knowledge app, they recommend WebMd (iOS).

Do you have a first aid app installed on your smartphone? If so, what is it?



I’ve been wanting to start this blog for a long time.

As the Consumer Representative on the Emergency Medical Care Commission, I want to share with the rest of the community what I learn from serving on this advisory board to the County Supervisors. In upcoming posts, I will write about the projects of the EMCC, the work being done in various areas of emergency medicine, including transport, clinics, and field exercises. I will include information about pending legislation that could affect emergency medical care and the Commission’s position on that legislation, if it has one. I’ll write about programs and initiatives within other agencies within the County, like the Aptos/La Selva Fire District’s “No More Falls” program and events like EMS Week in Santa Cruz, where we recognize the first responders and the lives they have saved.

Please note that I am not a medical professional and can offer no medical advice. Nor can I be an advocate for any individual. As the Consumer Representative on the Commission, it is my job to look at procedures and services with an eye to determining how well they serve our community and to speak up when I think it’s necessary. If you have questions about emergency medical services in Santa Cruz County, please feel free to contact me. I may not be able to answer your question, but I may be able to point you towards someone who can.