Gov. Kevin Stitt held a ceremonial bill signing on Aug. 3 to recognize legislation expanding telecommunicator CPR (T-CPR) in Oklahoma. The bill passed unanimously in the Oklahoma House and Senate during the 2021 legislative session. SB 687 includes T-CPR as part of minimum training standards for 9-1-1 call takers across the state.
Every year, more than 350,000 Americans fall victim to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Unfortunately, only about 1 in 10 victims survive. Starting CPR early in the Chain of Survival approximately doubles the chances of survival. Yet while 9-1-1 is frequently called, the majority of individuals experiencing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest do not receive CPR.
Telecommunicators that are trained in providing T-CPR instructions can help the caller identify the cardiac arrest and begin CPR while emergency response is dispatched. That’s why this is a huge win for Oklahoma!
Additionally, the American Heart Association will be working with Rep. Cynthia Roe on her approved interim study discussing youth access to tobacco in Oklahoma. The agenda will feature health and regulatory experts’ opinions on tobacco policy in the state. A nurse practitioner whose family has a history of heart disease, Rep. Roe, has been a champion for heart health in Oklahoma.