House supports Baconís telephone CPR legislation

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Wednesday, February 13, 2019 12:11 pm

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted in favor of  State Rep. Ron Bacon’s (R-Chandler) legislation requiring 911 operators be trained to coach callers through performing hands-only CPR on a cardiac arrest victim.

“I experienced a situation where a man collapsed at a dance and chest compressions helped save his life,” Bacon said. “Every second counts in these scenarios, and knowing how to give CPR can be the difference between life and death. Requiring all dispatchers to receive training on how to coach bystanders through these situations could help a victim survive until an ambulance arrives.”

According to the American Heart Association, when CPR begins prior to the arrival of emergency medical services, the likelihood of survival is between two and three times higher than without intervention.

“Our 911 dispatchers are often the first to respond to emergencies, and they want to master any and all skills that will help them effectively do their jobs,” Bacon said. “There are proven techniques that can be used to coach callers, who are often distraught, on how to give CPR. In a crisis, having someone on the other end of the phone who is calm and able to give clear directions will help callers administer CPR.”

House Bill 1342 now moves to the Senate for consideration. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more.

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75, 
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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