9-1-1 Specialists in Charles County, Maryland, Help Double the Number of Cardiac Arrest Survivors

                 

Every time a 9-1-1 specialist in Charles County, Maryland, answers a 9-1-1 call for cardiac arrest is an opportunity to make a difference by providing life-saving telephone CPR instructions.

“The chance of survival from cardiac arrest decreases by ten percent with every minute that passes without CPR,” says Kevin Seaman, MD, medical director for the county’s 9-1-1 Center and EMS program. “The process of getting units started, getting units to the scene, starting CPR, defibrillation— that can take nine minutes, or even longer.”

In other words, whether or not the Charles County 9-1-1 specialist quickly recognizes a cardiac arrest and coaches the caller to provide CPR can mean the difference between life and death. That’s why Telecommunicator CPR (T-CPR) is recommended by cardiac arrest experts as one of the most effective ways to improve survival rates in a community.

Yet sometimes a telecommunicator could go weeks, even months, without taking one of these critical calls. The county’s leaders recognized that taking a CPR recertification course every two years was not preparing its 9-1-1 specialists to confidently, consistently and quickly recognize every cardiac arrest and immediately coach callers to start chest compressions.

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