Recently, the American Heart Association (AHA) (2016) presented recommendations that will establish standards to ensure timely and high quality delivery of dispatcher-assisted CPR, also known as telephone CPR (T-CPR).
If you have any suggestion; the AHA will be accepting comments from individuals through the website cpr.heart.org/PublicComment until November 16, 2016.
911 dispatcher assistance is critical. Every year more than 350,000 people suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in the United States with just a 12 percent survival rate in 2016. Early access to 911 and early CPR are the first two links in the chain of survival from cardiac arrest. Currently, less than half of those who suffer an OHCA receive bystander CPR.
The recommendations by by AHA (2016) include the following:
- Commitment to T-CPR by both the emergency communications center and the dispatch center director
- Train and provide continuing education in T-CPR for all telecommunicators
- Conduct ongoing quality improvement for all calls in which a cardiac arrest in confirmed by EMS personnel and in which resuscitation is attempted
- Communication between the emergency communications center and responding EMS agencies to measure implementation and effectiveness