In October, CTIA Wireless Foundation held a press conference in Downtown Washington D.C. with Mayor Muriel Bowser, the D.C. Fire and EMS Department and Office of Unified Communications to announce the launch of the life-saving mobile technology PulsePoint in the District of Columbia.
Today, thanks to the initiative of the Foundation’s Executive Director Athena Polydorou, CTIA staff had the opportunity to become trained as citizen first responders.
“CTIA Wireless Foundation is proud to have sponsored PulsePoint’s launch right here in our home, the nation’s capital,” said Polydorou. “With this life-saving technology now available where we work and live, we wanted to empower our staff to be prepared to respond to an emergency, should the need ever arise.”
During the special program, representatives from D.C. Fire and Emergency Services led a hands-only CPR training session. They also reviewed the location of the AED in CTIA's office and how to use it in an emergency.
“I’ve never had CPR training before, so it was great to be able to learn the skill at work today,” said CTIA Wireless Foundation Program Manager Shanée Meeks. “I know how important CPR is in sudden cardiac arrest victims, and PulsePoint is a great example of the power wireless technology has to impact lives.”
Of the more than 356,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests that occur annually in the U.S., nearly 90 percent are fatal. But CPR performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
Which is why staff next received instruction on the PulsePoint Respond app. The technology alerts CPR-trained citizens when there’s a sudden cardiac arrest event within a quarter of a mile. This allows a victim to begin receiving CPR in those critical moments when first responders are en route.
The course was designed to be useful for those who have never had CPR training or those who have been certified in the past but wanted a refresher. This training is one of many workplace benefits CTIA offers to promote healthy living for staff.
“CTIA Wireless Foundation is an advocate for wireless technologies like PulsePoint that make our lives and communities safer and stronger,” Polydorou said. “We live that mission each and every day, and are so proud of the commitment made by CTIA staff here today.”