911 dispatcher-assisted CPR bill passes Wisconsin State Senate


Supported by the American Heart Association, the bill heads to the Governor

The Wisconsin State Senate unanimously passed a bill aimed at saving lives across the entire state of Wisconsin. AB 654 focuses on the training of 911 dispatchers in Wisconsin, so each dispatcher is able to give CPR coaching over the phone. This vote comes one month after the Assembly also passed it unanimously and now it heads to the Governor’s desk. Sen. Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) co-authored the bill with Rep. Treig Pronschinske (R-Mondovi).
“Providing CPR coaching over the phone during a 911 call saves lives, and this legislation makes that possible everywhere in Wisconsin,” said Sen. Petrowski. “I thank my Senate colleagues for their support of this bill, which is a simple, common-sense way to protect the lives of all Wisconsin residents.”

When a person suffers cardiac arrest, their chance of survival falls 10 percent with each passing minute before CPR is administered. In Wisconsin, more than 6,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of a hospital each year and bystander CPR occurs in only about 19 percent of those cases, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Establishing statewide CPR coaching for all 911 dispatchers in Wisconsin means CPR can begin more quickly before first responders arrive. Bystander CPR can double or even triple the chance of survival and this legislation aims to increase bystander CPR rates with dispatchers able to coach callers through hands-only CPR.

“As a cardiac arrest survivor, I know the importance of starting CPR as soon as possible,” said Mary Jo Gordon, chair of AHA’s Wisconsin Advocacy Committee. “We are grateful to our state lawmakers for passing this legislation, so cardiac arrest victims in Wisconsin are given the best chance of surviving.”

Stakeholders that support this bill include the American College of Cardiology Wisconsin Chapter, American Red Cross, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Project ADAM, Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin, Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin, Rural Wisconsin Heath Cooperative, SSM Health, Wisconsin APCO, Wisconsin EMS Association and Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association.

To learn more visit http://www.yourethecure.org.


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