SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association
Better Telephone CPR Instruction Improves Outcomes after Cardiac Arrest
Researchers from the Arizona Department of Health Services provided additional training to dispatchers in two regional centers in the Phoenix on how to be more assertive and confident while on the phone with rescuers. They measured outcomes from more than 2,300 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests during a three year period. The researchers found increases both in the number of patients that survived to hospital discharge as well as those with good functional outcomes, which means patients were able to return to their normal baseline.