Residents encouraged to participate in scavenger hunt sponsored by
Gold Cross Ambulance, HeartStart Foundation and PulsePoint
Residents of the greater Fox Valley region are invited to participate in an unusual but critical scavenger hunt from June 1-16. The hunt is on for publicly-accessible AEDs, or automated external defibrillators. When used on a person who is having a sudden cardiac arrest, an AED may shock the heart back into rhythm, and a life may be saved. When used in conjunction with hands-only CPR, AEDs can triple a person’s chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest according to the American Heart Association.
The Fox Valley is a leader in Wisconsin in placing AEDs in public areas – city streets, restaurants, libraries, schools, government offices and more. Gold Cross Ambulance is building a comprehensive registry of all the AEDs in the region, and we need your help!
Participants in the AED scavenger hunt will use the FREE PulsePoint AED app to submit AED locations anywhere in the Gold Cross 1,200 square mile service area. Prizes include:
• Two tickets to the Fox Cities Heart & Stoke Ball on Feb. 16, 2019
• A $350 Visa gift card
• Foursome entry for the 20th Annual HeartStart Charity Golf Outing on July 27, 2018
• A $150 Visa gift card
• A $25 Appleton downtown gift certificate, courtesy of Appleton Downtown, Inc.
It’s easy to play!
To join in the hunt for publicly-accessible AEDs:
1. Read the PulsePoint AED Scavenger Hunt Terms and Conditions posted on the Gold Cross Ambulance website
2. Download the FREE PulsePoint AED app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play
3. Find publicly-accessible AEDs in communities throughout the Fox Valley region (anywhere in the Gold Cross Ambulance 1,200 square mile service area)
To earn points toward prizes:
• Find a new AED, take a photo, and register it for five points
• Find an existing AED, take a photo, and upload it for three points
• Confirm a pending AED for one point
To see exactly how the app works, watch this video this video.
Submissions will be accepted only via the app, and only from 12 a.m. June 1 through 11:59 p.m. June 16. Winners will be selected based on the highest number of points earned. Winners will be contacted by email by the close of business on June 18 and will have 24 hours to reply to claim their prizes. Any ties will be broken by random pick.
June is National CPR and AED Awareness Month. One year ago, Gold Cross Ambulance launched the PulsePoint Respond app. That app alerts CPR-trained bystanders of a sudden cardiac arrest that occurs in a nearby public location, so they can start hands-only CPR and locate the nearest publicly-accessible AED. Since PulsePoint Respond was launched, 1,796 people have downloaded the app and 1,235 have enabled the CPR alerts locally. PulsePoint reports 1.1 million downloads nationwide.