Changes In Treatment Of Patients In Cardiac Arrest
Beginning July 1, 2013, patients suffering a cardiac arrest will receive a minimum of 15 minutes of High-Performance CPR by Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers prior to being transported to the nearest hospital emergency department.
Currently, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers transport cardiac-arrest patients to the nearest hospital as quickly as possible, all while attempting to treat the individual enroute. Statistics show, however, that this practice has not increased survival rates. Based on recommendations from the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland, as well as the American Heart Association, the Maryland Medical Protocols for Emergency Medical Services Providers has opted to change the initial treatment rendered to cardiac-arrest patients.