Briefs: Metcom launches Pulse Point app to help combat Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Marion Area Multi Agency Emergency Telecommunications (METCOM) recently launched its Pulse Point app, a program which seeks to citizens suffering a cardiac emergency with nearby Automated External Defibrillators (AED).
When a citizen is subscribed to the Pulse Point App on their smart phone it will make notification to them if they are within a half mile of the location of where a Cardiac Arrest Call is located and if an AED is available in the same are so they can respond and provide assistance if they wish to.
METCOM began fundraising for the Pulse Point app nine months ago and received final funding through community donations in June 2018.
METCOM is asking citizens for further assistance by downloading the app and documenting where additional AEDs are located in the community, such as schools, churches, grocery stores and businesses.
The community can download the yellow Pulse Point AED app, and once enabled on their phone, they have the ability to take photos and identify by their GPS location where the AED is located. They can also add text to assist in locating the AED.
Once the information is provided by uploading through the app, it will be approved by METCOM and available to be used with the Pulse Point app that matches patients and AED locations together for first responders when CPR may be necessary.
Community members can also download the red Pulse Point app and register their location through the app to receive notifications of when cardiac calls are occurring within an area that they may be able to help provide care with the use of an AED.
Accessing people through a mobile network can get help to the scene faster, said Raina Merchant, M.D., director of the Social Media and Health Innovation Lab at Penn Medicine.
"While emergency system personnel are on their way, bystanders can come by and start helping out," said Merchant, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
Mount Angel continues to see new businesses opening their doors
Hattie's Sweet Shop has opened at 350 E. Church St. According to a city of Mount Angel newsletter, it is an old-fashioned candy shop featuring a large variety of sweets and confections. The shop, located next to the old blacksmith shop that now houses Touch of Bavaria, used to be home to Mount Angel Developmental Programs.
Also new to Mount Angel, having opened in time for Oktoberfest, is Mount Angel Wein Werks. The tasting room, opened by Paradis Vineyard and Abiqua Wind Vineyard, opened last week at 230 E. Charles St. The location, nestled between the Mount Angel Public Library and the Mount Angel Performing Arts Center, used to be home to Plush Brush Hair Design, whose owners decided to retire after 40 years in business.
Candidate forum hosted at Silverton Grange
The four candidates running for the Marion County Board of Commissioners have been invited to attend a public forum in Silverton on Friday.
Commissioner Kevin Cameron and his opponent for position 1, Shelaswau Crier, along with position 2 candidates William Burgess and Colm Willis will be hosted at the Silverton Grange Hall at 201 Division at 6:30 p.m. State House District 18 candidates Rick Lewis and Barry Shapiro have also been invited to the event.
Event organizers seek to introduce the public to the candidates and inform people of the positions of each candidate leading up to the Nov. 6 elections.
The candidates will take five minutes to summarize issues of importance to them and then the audience will ask questions of particular candidates. Grange member and community volunteer, Lee Mercer will moderate the event and will have two to three questions for the candidates to address in turn to balance the discussion.
The Grange at all levels is strictly nonpartisan and does not endorse candidates for public office nor contribute to their campaigns. The primary objective of the Grange is to represent the views of rural residents and the agricultural community. These issues include transportation, farm programs, rural economic development, education, health and safety concerns, among others.