Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death, with nearly 326,200 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring each year in the United States. It strikes suddenly and without warning, and what happens in the first few minutes can mean the difference between life and death.
For every minute without CPR, survival from a witnessed cardiac arrest decreases 7-10 percent. With EMS response times exceeding 10 minutes in many areas in Wisconsin, the need for CPR to be initiated prior to EMS arrival is even greater.
This past March, advocates from across the state gathered in Madison to talk with lawmakers about how important it is that all 911 dispatchers be trained to provide CPR instructions to bystanders awaiting EMS arrival. Dispatchers can coach callers with real-time, step-by-step instructions, enabling callers to become lifesavers, all while first responders are on their way. This process is known as dispatcher-assisted CPR or Telephone-CPR (TCPR).
Nearly seven months later, we’re very excited to announce that LRB 2305/1 is being circulated for co-sponsors by Senator Jerry Petrowski (Marathon) and Representative Treig Pronschinske (Mondovi). This legislation will ensure that all dispatchers are trained and able to coach bystanders in performing CPR!