It's scary but more common than you think... Cardiac arrest is one of the most common causes of death. In fact, cardiac arrest causes about 300,000 to 450,000 deaths in the United States each year. Meaning, the odds that we experience it first hand or because of someone nearby, are extremely high. Are you prepared to do CPR if someone near you needs it?

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In the tech-savvy world we live in today, there's an app for just about everything – including saving lives. That's where Pulse Point, the ingenious mobile application that's making waves in Ottawa County comes in. Imagine having the power to be notified when someone nearby is experiencing a cardiac arrest, and being able to rush to their aid armed with life-saving skills. That's precisely what Pulse Point offers.

Picture this: you're strolling through your neighborhood, phone in hand, when suddenly, a notification pops up. There's a cardiac emergency unfolding just a stone's throw away. With Pulse Point, you can swiftly navigate to the exact location and lend a helping hand by administering CPR, potentially making all the difference in someone's life.


This groundbreaking app isn't just a local phenomenon – it's already making its mark in countless communities nationwide. And now, thanks to the efforts of HeartSafe Holland, Ottawa County is about to join the ranks of those benefiting from this technological marvel. With over 4,500 residents already trained in hands-only CPR through HeartSafe Holland's initiative, the stage is set for Pulse Point to take center stage in the county's emergency response efforts.

HeartSafe Holland rallied support and raised over $30,000 to integrate the app with the county's 911 dispatch system. Their dedication and determination are a testament to the community's commitment to saving lives and embracing innovation.

Students Practicing CPR Lifesaving

Pulse Point goes live this Wednesday and officially becomes a vital tool in Ottawa County's emergency response arsenal. With every download we're gaining a lifeline, bridging the gap between bystander and hero, and turning ordinary citizens into extraordinary lifesavers, one pulse at a time.

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