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Need CPR? There's an app for that

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A cell phone is one accessory most Americans are using these days, to surf the internet or keep in touch with friends and loved ones.

But they can come in handy in a crisis.

There's a new app being unveiled Saturday in Saginaw that could save your life. According to a public service announcement on the airwaves, 1,000 Americans will die each day because of sudden cardiac arrest. If a bystander can administer CPR, it immediately improves the chances of survival three times.

Dianne Fong is from Michigan Cardio Vascular Institute and she, along with Lynn Scutter, from Mobile Medical Response, spearheaded a life-saving phone app using funds raised during the annual Shocks and Saves Hockey game. "[The App] will save lives," said Fong.

Scutter added, "It clearly connects victims of cardiac arrest with bystanders willing to do CPR."

The app works when 911 dispatches an ambulance to a heart attack victim. A message will go out to people who know CPR and have signed up for the free app, showing them where their help is needed, and more.

"What this phone app will do is identify the location of the cardiac arrest victim, and show you the location of the nearest AED," said Scutter. An AED is an automated electronic defibrillator, a device that can help restart the heart.

Five years ago in Saginaw, bystanders performed CRP in 25 percent of cardiac emergencies before paramedics arrived. The national average is 32 percent. That shortfall led local medical experts to devise the state-of the-art app. The app has already saved three lives in the community.

During the last five years, the Shocks and Saves hockey game has raised a considerable about of money. The annual game is played by doctors and former Red Wings players. "After this year, we will have raised over $200,000, but what's more important than the money - we've placed over 180 AEDs in the community, and with MMR's help, we've trained over 1,000 volunteers and we have three lives saved at our site," said Fong.

CPR training is easy and free, and so is the app. By knowing how to perform CPR, you can save the life of a family member or a stranger in need.

Funding comes from the annual "shocks and saves" charity hockey game in Saginaw.

Chief Meteorologist Doug Moats will MC that event at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow afternoon at the Dow Event Center. Tickets are still available.

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