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, have asked to have the bill renamed 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 does several things to upgrade the state’s system, but most importantly, it would require 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, and it is my hope that our state lawmakers will put this common-sense practice into law, requiring 9-1-1 operators to be trained in offering this life-saving skill.