Bills would require dispatchers be trained in ‘tele-CPR’

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — This week, lawmakers in Tallahassee are discussing companion bills to require that all 911 and emergency dispatch operators be trained to give CPR instruction over the phone.

It’s something that’s not currently mandated in Florida.

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Residents and the American Heart Association support the companion bills to require all emergency dispatchers learn “tele-CPR” so they can instruct callers to perform it.

The AHA said CPR can double, or even triple, survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

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If the new mandate passes, it will take effect July 1.

Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.

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