Through the advocacy of Serafina Casey, a Girl Scout and sophomore at Menlo-Atherton High School, residents and visitors in San Mateo County may have better chances of recovering from heart attacks when they occur in public places.
On Feb. 23, the Board of Supervisors recognized Serafina for her successful efforts to persuade the county to adopt the PulsePoint service, a smart-phone application that first responders can use to send alerts to people trained in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) who are in the vicinity of someone with a heart-related emergency.
PulsePoint "will result in the opportunity for more lives to be saved" because CPR can be administered before emergency responders arrive, said Chief Harold Schapelhouman of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.
Last year Serafina signed up for CPR training as she was working toward earning a Girl Scout badge.
"She became so interested in the county's emergency medical system that she worked tirelessly to bring PulsePoint to San Mateo County, even setting up a booth at the San Mateo County Fair to help spread the word," the San Mateo County Health System said in an announcement.
Serafina, a member of Troop 33170 in Menlo Park, led by Rena Hafeez, received the Girls Scout Silver Award for her efforts. She is the daughter of Monica and John Casey.
During a heart attack, every second counts, said Nancy Lapolla, director of the county's Emergency Medical Services Agency. PulsePoint, she said, "will hopefully encourage more people in every community to get trained in hands-only CPR, which takes minutes to learn."