Chicago Could Be Next Market For CPR iPhone App

CHICAGO (CBS) — A new iPhone app may save your life someday.

CBS2’s Mike Parker reports how the new technology, which is already working in California, may be headed for Chicago.                        

The app alerts iPhone users who are trained in CPR that a cardiac arrest is under way and tells them where they can go to help the victim until an ambulance arrives.  The system was recently put in place by the San Ramon Valley Fire Department.

An emergency room doctor from Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago hopes to see the APP system working here before long.

“I think it has the potential to save many lives,” Dr. Amer Aldeen says.

Next week, two Chicago aldermen, Ed Burke and James Balcer, will be asking the City Council to call on the city’s Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management and Communications to launch the CPR app here.

CBS2 video editor David Bierman is one of thousands of Chicago civilians trained and certified in administering CPR as well as defibrillation devices.

“One of the things we learned in our classes is that if the Fire Department can’t get there within 3 to 5 minutes, your chances of living are very slim,” he said.

Dr. Aldeen agrees.

“Cardiac arrest survival decreases about 10 percent per minute when nothing is done. Properly performed, CPR actually improves that survival considerably,” he said.

The San Ramon Valley Fire Chief says that since his department began using the Smartphone app, it has been downloaded by 40,000 people.

  • Rick Lincoln

    It’s a wonderful idea but I see issues of liability. What if you happen to be near when the call goes out but you are not in a position to help? Or even worse, decide you don’t want to help because of the way the person looks or what race they are. If this app has the ability to track you, why can’t the victim (if they survive) sue you for being in the vicinity close enough to help but didn’t. You took on the responsibility to download the app. Does that make you liable to help?

  • Rich

    The app notifies “devices” in the immediate area of the cardiac arrest. It has no knowledge of the owner of the phone, phone number, etc.

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