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A research initiative at Ontario Tech has resulted in the development of the life-saving PulsePoint Respond app.

June 23, 2023


Ontario Tech University and Lakeridge Health established the Durham Region Resuscitation Research Collaborative (DRRRC) ten years ago.The goal of the DRRRC was to develop solutions to handle sudden cardiac arrest outside of hospitals along the so-called "continuum of care," which includes clinical therapy (advanced care), pre-cardiac arrest care (healthy choices and prevention), and post-cardiac arrest care (rehabilitation).

By combining the viewpoints of patients and professionals from Ontario Tech University, pre-hospital care, emergency medicine, public health, the Durham District School Board, long-term care facilities, and industry, DRRRC aimed to actively involve the community.

One product of the collaboration is PulsePoint Respond, an app that connects to your 911 system and is run by the City of Oshawa. It may notify you instantly about incidents that occur in your neighbourhood and ask for your assistance when CPR is required nearby. Oshawa Fire Services spearheaded the PulsePoint Respond initiative, working in tandem with General Motors, Durham College, the City of Oshawa, and the Durham Region Critical Incident Stress Team.

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