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According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States each year, and only 46 percent of people who experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get immediate help before a professional arrives. As a result of the severity and climbing death rate of cardiac arrest, the National Academies published Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Act— a report examining the complete system of response to cardiac arrest in the U.S. identifying opportunities to increase survival.

In response to one of the opportunities detailed in the report, the National 911 Program will plan and facilitate a project involving 911 and EMS stakeholders to compile and share best practices for Public Safety Answering Points and Emergency Medical Services, in responding to calls involving cardiac arrest. The Program and project team will:

  • Convene industry experts to develop best practice recommendations, training and implementation guidelines for Telephone CPR and High-Performance CPR to be use by EMS personnel
  • Develop a recommended definition of High-Performance CPR (HP-CPR)
  • Create widespread awareness about the availability of these guidelines

The working committee will convene throughout 2018, and resources to help PSAPs implement dispatcher-assisted telephone CPR protocols will be available in the fall.

Questions regarding the Dispatcher Assisted CPR project can be sent to nhtsa.national911@dot.gov.