Have you ever had to call 911 and required 911 assistance in performing CPR or in assisting a choking victim? Hopefully not-but if you have we all know how helpful that voice assistance and the 911 dispatcher can be.
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:
Dr. Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.