NHTSA Releases Toolkit to Help 9-1-1 and EMS Agencies
On June 7, 2019, the National Highway Transit Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced its release of a toolkit designed to help 9-1-1 and EMS agencies contribute towards improving the survival rate of out-of-hospital cardiac events. This toolkit will compliment CPR training with 9-1-1 centers who have adopted BLS (Basic Life Support) protocols in responding to 9-1-1 calls.
The CPR LifeLinks initiative was an undertaking by the NHTSA Office of EMA and the National 911 Program along with approximately 20 public safety leader volunteers. The objectives of the initiative were:
- Define best practice recommendations for performing Telecommunicator CPR, as well as develop training and implementation guidelines that can be customized and implemented by 911 centers
- Define best practice recommendations for High-Performance CPR to be used by trained EMS personnel and develop a training curriculum and implementation guide
Related Links: CPR LifeLinks on EMS.gov
The toolkit includes guidance on training and implementation as well as training resources such as a powerpoint slide deck, case studies and a video webinar.
Agencies can download the toolkit resources from the 911.gov website.
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