Abstract 242: A Standardized Template for Measuring and Reporting Dispatch Prearrival CPR
Introduction: Dispatch-Assisted CPR (DACPR) is a method for improving bystander response and survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). No standardized methodology exists for measuring and reporting this intervention. We developed a template for collecting, analyzing, and reporting DACPR.
Methods: Five trained evaluators reviewed 161 suspected OHCA audio recordings from an urban 911 dispatch center. Key metrics in the evaluation of pre-arrival CPR instructions were recorded on a structured data form: dispatch recognition of OHCA, time interval to initiation of CPR instructions, and interval to first chest compression. Using the tool, evaluators identified common themes in the delivery of DACPR.
Results: See Figure for template and results.
Conclusion: Utilizing key components of the AHA DACPR Scientific Advisory Statement, we developed a method for collecting, analyzing, and reporting key metrics for DACPR that could act as a template to help improve the DACPR process and increase rates of Dispatch-Assisted bystander CPR (DA-BCPR). DACPR data collected in this manner may help identify targets for improvement in the prehospital response to OHCA. In addition, the template may support collaborative, inter-system investigations by providing a standardized, Utstein-type approach to data reporting.
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