911 Dispatchers Turn Focus to Cardiac Arrest

by David Rookhuyzen, ACCentral.com

Hoping to resuscitate people stricken with cardiac arrest, state health officials have tweaked what happens when you dial 911.

Last year, the Arizona Department of Health Services rolled out new training for emergency-call dispatchers to help recognize the signs of cardiac arrest and coach bystanders to begin a new style of CPR.

Ben Bobrow, medical director of the department's Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System, said the program is the latest step in a years-long effort to boost the survival rate of those who suffer cardiac arrest.

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