Smartphone app saves man’s life

Courtesy: KPTV

Courtesy: KPTV

PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) – A Portland man says he was able to save a man’s life thanks to an app on his smartphone.

When someone has a heart attack, minutes are critically important.

When someone calls 911, the PulsePoint app does a search of the nearby area to see if there is anyone with the app who can help.

According to KPTV, firefighter Scott Brawner was working out at the gym when he got an alert from PulsePoint on his phone.

The app showed a map indicating the location of a man nearby who needed CPR.

In less than a minutes, Brawner found Drew Basse slumped over in his car.

His heart had gone into cardiac arrest.

Brawner started CPR until paramedics arrived, an action that most likely saved his life.

“I cannot believe this thing worked,” said Brawner. “I just got done doing CPR from PulsePoint in the parking lot. Even now, thinking about it, it’s amazing how fast that whole thing worked.”

Brasse’s doctor says he is in stable condition and should be able to leave the hospital soon.

“For the brain, minutes are critically important for recovery from a cardiac arrest,” said Dr. Mark Hart. “There are very few things that the general public can do to make an impact in their day-to-day lives that can save the lives of fellow citizens.”

You can download PulsePoint for free for iOS devices here or Android devices here.

For those not familiar with CPR, the app has a section dedicated to teaching you how to perform the life saving procedure.