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El Camino Hospital In the News

App creates 'citizen responders’ to help victims of cardiac arrest

Last Updated Feb 2014

Image of San Jose Mercury NewsAn estimated 1,000 people will die in the U.S. today from sudden cardiac arrest--it's the leading cause of death in the United States, killing approximately 360,000 people annually.

Now, there's a new location-based mobile phone app that could reduce those numbers by creating a cadre of "citizen responders" who can assist heart attack victims while emergency responders are on the way.

The app was developed for El Camino Hospital and is integrated with 911 systems. So when emergency crews are dispatched to help a heart attack victim, the app simultaneously notifies CPR-trained bystanders that someone nearby may require their help.

Read the full story on the San Jose Mercury News website.