An iPhone app coming to Rapid City could save lives

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The iPhone app, PulsePoint could save lives before paramedics arrive on the scene.

PulsePoint is currently in use in thousands of cities and has provided immediate help to more than 12,000 cardiac arrests.

It works after a call is made to 9-1-1.

Then an alert is sent to all citizen responders within 400 yards of the victim who have the app.

The alert also provides the location of the nearest automated external defibrillator to help provide a quick response.

When a cardiac emergency happens, time is of the essence.

Rapid City Fire Department spokesperson, Jim Bussell, states "The American Heart Association says that for every minute that someone is an out of hospital, cardiac arrest, Every minute that they go without high-quality CPR and early defibrillation, their chance of survival decreases by 10%."

Just Monday, a man at the Sioux Park track had a cardiac emergency and people around jumped in to help out.

But if there wasn't anyone around, this app could help out until emergency responders arrive on scene.

The PulsePoint system is currently being tested and de-bugged in Rapid City.

No exact launch date has been announced.