Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in Arizona and across the country.
Experts said for every minute someone doesn’t receive CPR during sudden cardiac arrest, their chances of survival drop by 10 percent.
“Dispatch-assisted CPR is crucial to improving survival from sudden cardiac arrest here in Arizona and nationwide,” said Dr. Ben Bobrow, medical director at Arizona Department of Health Services.
“Without someone pushing hard and fast in the center of the victim’s chest, survival is very unlikely. It’s a similar concept for improving the system. We have to keep pushing hard and fast to get and evaluate the data from each and every one of our 911 centers to be able to continue to improve.”
A new partnership between the department and emergency dispatch centers across Arizona serves as a national model. The department sponsors training and works with dispatchers and call-takers to evaluate and improve this life-saving intervention.
Since the program started in 2011, Mesa has increased the rates of bystander CPR by 27 percent and reduced the time to first chest compression by 37 percent. A review of hospital records shows these actions have saved the lives of at least 13 people.
The training in Mesa inspired ADHS to organize two dispatch academies in December and April. Dispatchers from across the state learned the latest techniques for identifying cardiac arrest over the phone and starting CPR instructions as early as possible during the 911 calls.
- Telecommuting: 5 tips to make it work for employers and employees
- See how top CFOs feel about economic growth in the Valley
- Migraine myths that keep patients from effective treatments
- Here’s why Gaydos went tankless with his water heater
- 12 things to watch before the Oscars
- Bocce ball and basketball: How you can help Arizona's Special Olympics athletes
- Tips on building the best wine room in Arizona
- Avoid the nightmare: 6 tips to choose a great contractor
- Breast cancer: Improved testing and treatments means more survivors
- Best and worst of Super Bowl commercials
- Failed back surgery: New hope for patients living in pain
- Ticking time bombs: Telltale signs your water heater is about to explode
- Reading glasses could be a thing of the past
- 6 cool ways teachers are using technology in the classroom
- Emerging tech jobs in Phoenix and how to get one in 2017
- 4 top treatments athletes use for pain
- Emergency! What to do when bathrooms flood
- Operation Santa Claus needs holiday help
- This college bowl season is likely to be epic
- Arizona kids in crisis: How you can help
- 11 holiday classics for the ultimate movie marathon
- New treatment offers hope for migraine sufferers
- 11 stadiums to watch your favorite football team
- Shopping for a TV? Best models for 2016
- The new beer pairing guide for holiday foods
- Avoid this holiday plumbing disaster in your home
- 7 tips to avoid holiday weight gain
- New treatments mean better prostate cancer survival rates
- 5 of the scariest things found in drains
- 6 tips to create the best family movie night