By Kelsey Musick
The St. Vincent Emergency Medical Services education staff will teach hands-only CPR and distribute information about the PulsePoint App throughout the Sept. 6-8 Lions Club Fall Festival.
The PulsePoint App is sponsored by St. Vincent for the Boone County community and is managed through the dispatch system to alert citizens that have downloaded the app and know CPR that a person nearby is in cardiac arrest.
“The alerted community member can then assist with hands-only CPR prior to the arrival of EMS,” said Jane Whinnery, vice president of operations for trauma and emergency medical services at Ascension St. Vincent.
Whinnery said the St. Vincent booth will be managed by certified emergency personnel from the EMS Education Dept., along with several paramedic students. Additionally, there will be a heart and lung exhibit, which will feature an interactive exhibit for all ages, including an inflatable heart that attendees can walk through to learn how the heart functions.
“The inspiration to take part of the Lions Club Fall Festival is to connect with the community and provide information about having a healthy lifestyle,” Whinnery said. “In addition, we have a strong partnership with the Zionsville Fire Dept. and Boone County Sheriff’s Office, and together we want to educate the community about the benefits of the PulsePoint App.”
Whinnery said out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is a major public health concern, and there are approximately 420,000 cases in the United States each year.
“Decreasing the time to treatment is crucial for improving outcomes in cases of cardiac arrest, and the community can be a valuable component in early CPR,” Whinnery said. “As an active participant in our communities, St. Vincent is dedicated to educating individuals about healthy heart habits and hands-only CPR.”