911 dispatcher assisted CPR bill heads to Governor Walker's desk

Published: Mar. 20, 2018 at 8:43 PM CDT
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A bill that lets 911 dispatchers in Wisconsin give CPR coaching over the phone is headed to Governor Walker's desk.

The WI State Senate unanimously passed the bill, which was also passed by the Assembly a month ago.

The bill focuses on the training of 911 dispatchers so they're able to give CPR coaching over the phone.

Representative Treig Pronschinske of Mondovi co-authored the bill.

This legislation aims to increase bystander CPR rates with dispatchers able to coach callers through hands-only CPR.

The American Heart Association said when a person suffers cardiac arrest, survival falls 10 percent with each passing minute before CPR is administered. In Wisconsin, more than 6,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of a hospital each year.

The American Heart Association said establishing statewide CPR coaching for all 911 dispatchers means CPR can begin more quickly before first responders arrive.