Abstract 12075: Telecommunicator CPR Intervention Improves Recognition of Cardiac Arrest and Time to First Chest Compression
Background: Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (BCPR) significantly improves survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Telecommunicator CPR (TCPR) has been shown to increase BCPR rates, yet TCPR performance varies widely. We assess whether a bundled TCPR protocol, training, and continuous quality improvement (CQI) intervention improves TCPR performance.
Methods: The intervention was implemented at a regional 9-1-1 dispatch center and had three main components: (1) the installation of the AHA-recommended 2-question TCPR protocol, (2) training to enhance telecommunicator OHCA recognition and (3) CQI with system and case-level feedback. Training included a two-hour lecture, 30 minutes of video training, and one hour of simulation training. Audio recordings of suspected OHCAs from pre (P1, 10/5/10 - 11/6/11) and post-intervention (P2, 11/7/11 - 11/4/13) periods were collected by searching center archives for calls originally processed as cardiac arrests. Recordings were analyzed according to six key TCPR metrics. Times to telecommunicator recognition of cardiac arrest, start of TCPR instructions, and initiation of chest compressions were measured using a standardized timestamp format.
Results: Rates of OHCA recognition (80% to 95%, p<0.0001), TCPR instructions started (32% to 72%, p<0.0001), and bystander chest compressions initiated (18% to 70%, p<0.001) all increased significantly. Reductions in the time from call receipt to the start of TCPR instructions (176s to 133s, p<0.0001) and to the start of compressions (265s to 162s, p<0.0001) were also observed.
Conclusion: This bundled protocol, training and CQI intervention was associated with a significant increase in TCPR rates and a reduction in the time to first chest compression.
Author Disclosures: J. Sutter: None. B. Langlais: None. C. Dameff: None. J. Tully: None. M. Panczyk: None. V. Chikani: None. T.F. Vadeboncoeur: None. D.W. Spaite: Research Grant; Significant; Medtronic Foundation. B.J. Bobrow: Research Grant; Significant; Medtronic Foundation.
- © 2015 by American Heart Association, Inc.