"Without a dispatcher on the other end who knew CPR and knew what to do, and knew how to communicate it to a parent in the worst moment of their life, I’m not sure where our son would be today."
- Bill Schammert, father
On January 4th, 2021, 12 day old Cameron was getting sick. While his parents were putting him in his car seat to go to the doctor, he stopped breathing. They called 911, where there was a calm and trained professional who helped them through one of the most terrifying moments of their lives. In that couple of minutes, while EMS was on their way, Bill and Kym performed CPR on their baby. Moments before the ambulance arrived Cameron started breathing again.
The Ohio Legislature is considering House Bill 445, Next Generation 911 legislation that would include Telecommunicator CPR (T-CPR). T-CPR is when a 911 operator coaches someone through CPR until emergency services arrive on scene. We know every second matters when someone is experiencing a cardiac event. Starting CPR as soon as possible is critical, just ask Cameron.
Every year more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac events happen and only 10% survive the event. Research shows that communities that have T-CPR improve that number by 50%. House Bill 445 will ensure telecommunicators have the tools and training they need to instruct callers in livesaving CPR until EMS arrives.
Help us get this passed to save lives like Cameron's!
Dustin Holfinger and Melissa Brown
Your Ohio AHA Advocacy Team
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