This legislative session the American Heart Association has been advocating for the passage of legislation requiring all 911 telecommunicators that provide dispatch for emergency conditions be trained in the delivery of high quality telephone CPR (T-CPR).
More than half of the nation’s emergency medical telecommunicators do not provide any T-CPR instructions for responding to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and immediate bystander CPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.
Representative Jesse Petrea agreed to sponsor this policy and our T-CPR bill has made its way out of drafting and will be introduced shortly after which it will most likely be sent to the House Committee on Public Safety & Homeland Security.
Additionally, the bill gained an important cosponsor on Thursday the 15th in Chairman Ron Stephens of the Economic Development & Tourism Committee. Once the bill is introduced and assigned to the Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee we will work with Rep. Petrea and Chairman Alan Powell to get it heard at the first available meeting. Additionally, are continuing to work with external coalition partners to aid in its passage.