Let's Talk About T-CPR and Why Hawaii Needs It

Did you know that heart disease remains the number one killer of Americans each year in the United States? An estimated 350,000 people (about 1,100 people in Hawaii) experience sudden cardiac arrest in out-of-hospital environments. Sudden cardiac arrest is the unexpected loss of heart function, breathing and consciousness and commonly the result of an electric disturbance in the heart. Currently only about 1 in 10 victims survives.  Bystander CPR greatly increases a person who is experiencing sudden cardiac arrests chances of survival and that is why we are working to ensure that all 9-1-1 dispatchers in Hawaii are trained on how to walk someone through administering hands-only CPR.

Most people assume when they call 9-1-1 the operator who answers will be able to walk them through administering CPR if it is needed but that is not actually the case in some Hawaii counties. We are advocating for all Hawaii EMS 9-1-1 dispatchers be trained to provide CPR instructions over the phone to those waiting for first emergency responders’ 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 (T-CPR). A quality telecommunicator (T-CPR) program will help save lives from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and strengthen the chain of survival.

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