Dispatch-assisted cardiopulmonary resuscitation: the anchor link in the chain of survival
Current Opinion in Critical Care, 05/08/2012
Bobrow BJ et al. – The studies have confirmed that on–going dispatch–assisted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) programs that use a simplified and abbreviated set of standardized questions can hasten the recognition of cardiac arrest. Dispatchers can also utilize strategies to help bystanders overcome the obstacles to beginning CPR. In some communities, dispatch–assisted CPR accounts for up to half of all bystander CPR. Dispatch–assisted CPR programs combined with large–scale public CPR training may be what is needed to elevate CPR rates and survival from out–of–hospital cardiac arrest nationally.