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Assessing effectiveness of a new pre-arrival instructions for repositioning a prone patient on their back

Greg Scott, MBA, EMD-QI, Chris Olola, PhD, Matt Miko, Anna Shmynets, Brett Patterson, Jeff Clawson, MD

May 02, 2023|Research Posters

There can be several barriers to performing effective CPR on patients who call 911 service for help. One of the most challenging barriers is repositioning a patient found by the caller in a prone position i.e., on his/her belly. Existing medical dispatch pre-arrival instructions (on Medical Priority Dispatch System [MPDS®] Protocols Panel C2) provide no specific scripted instructions for repositioning the patient from prone to supine.

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Does Use of the Compressions Monitor Diagnostic Tool by EMDs Enhance the Ability of Callers to Perform CPR?

AEDR Editorial Team

Dec 17, 2020|Research Briefs

DOES USE OF THE COMPRESSIONS MONITOR DIAGNOSTIC TOOL BY EMDs ENHANCE THE ABILITY OF CALLERS TO PERFORM CPR? Yes! When used with Pre-Arrival Instructions, the Tool significantly improves callers' ability to achieve high-performance CPR compression rates. The earlier, the better. Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is both pervasive and deadly. The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates more than 356,000 OHCAs occur in the United States per year. Of these cases, about 90% are fatal. Bystander CPR can save the life of an OHCA patient—however, time is of the essence. It has been said that...

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Experience Can Lead a Dispatcher Astray

Brenda Argyle

Apr 09, 2019|AEDR 2019 Vol. 7 Issue 1|Case Report

Utah Valley Dispatch Special Service District is located in Spanish Fork, Utah, and provides centralized dispatch services for police, fire, and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) agencies in Utah and Juab counties. All 45 dispatchers working in the center are certified in CPR, Emergency Fire Dispatch (EFD), and Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD). These dispatchers are trained to give lifesaving instructions to callers during emergency medical situations. At the time of the call, the EMD was on her fourth week of training and taking 911 emergencies as well as...

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