Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths. The sooner someone experiencing SCA gets help, the better their chances of survival. According to the American Heart Association, millions of people are certified in CPR every year, yet only 40% of SCA victims receive CPR before professional help arrives. The issue isn't that people aren't willing to help, but that they just don't know that someone near them needs help.

PulsePoint Respond is an app designed to change that. It works with participating agencies, including the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, to increase SCA survival rates by notifying users if someone nearby is in need of assistance. Users can then go to that person's aid until paramedics arrive. The app includes instructions for performing CPR and shows the location of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in the area.

For help installing and setting up the PulsePoint app, please see our step-by-step guide. We also have a page for information on hands-only CPR.

For more information about PulsePoint, including links to the apps, please visit their website,


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PulsePoint PSA (San Diego County) from PulsePoint Foundation on Vimeo.