Thanks to your help, all of Oklahoma’s 9-1-1 dispatchers will soon be trained in the delivery of high-quality Telephone Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (T-CPR). House Bill 1590, which requires T-CPR training, was signed by Gov. Stitt earlier this month.
T-CPR is when a dispatcher coaches a caller through CPR for a cardiac arrest victim as first responders are on their way. It’s an important step, because if CPR is started right away the chance of survival can triple. Right now, not all dispatchers in Oklahoma are able to coach CPR over the phone to callers in need.
The bill’s authors, Sen. Casey Murdock and Rep. Jim Grego, renamed the bill to the Haiden Fleming Memorial Act after Haiden Fleming, a 22-year-old Oklahoman who suffered a cardiac incident after eating lunch. 911 experienced some difficulties locating him, and the young man passed away before receiving the help he needed.
When cardiac arrest occurs, every precious minute matters, but CPR administered quickly can and does increase the chance of survival.
House Bill 1590 upgrades the state’s system, but most importantly, it requires mandatory CPR training for 9-1-1 telecommunicators in the state, enabling them to better assist callers until help arrives. T-CPR helps bystanders become lifesavers.