The 2018 Alabama legislative session ended on March 29. As you may recall, a top priority for the American Heart Association was House Bill 300, Telephone CPR (T-CPR), that would ensure 911 dispatchers are trained in helping callers identify cardiac arrest and delivering high-quality T-CPR instructions. While the legislation did not pass, we plan to reintroduce it next year.
When a person experiences cardiac arrest, CPR started by a bystander is a crucial component to their survival. When CPR begins prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, the person in cardiac arrest has a two to three-fold higher likelihood of survival.
An effective way to ensure that CPR is provided quickly is for the emergency telecommunicators to provide instant instructions with T-CPR. Imagine if your loved one collapsed and you called 911, the dispatcher would walk you through CPR, so you can help keep your loved one's brain and heart alive until EMS arrives to provide defibrillation and other vital interventions. T-CPR can assist the untrained caller as well as remind the CPR trained caller how to provide high-quality CPR. Visit heart.org to learn more about the science of Telephone CPR.
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