Public safety committee to hear Baconís telephone CPR legislation

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Monday, February 4, 2019 9:03 am

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2019) – The House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee on Tuesday will consider State Rep. Ron Bacon’s (R-Chandler) legislation to help save the lives of those suffering from sudden cardiac arrest.

Bacon said House Bill 1342 would require 911 emergency dispatchers to complete training on giving CPR instructions over the phone.

“When an individual begins experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, time is of the essence,” Bacon said. “Through this legislation, dispatchers could coach callers on how to accurately preform hands-only CPR. If bystanders are able to provide consistent chest compressions in the time it takes for an ambulance to arrive, it can help keep the heart alive and give those in cardiac arrest a greater chance of survival.”

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.

“Many 911 centers already require this training for dispatchers, but this legislation would make sure the certification is available to those across the state,” Bacon said. “A dispatcher’s professional telephone CPR guidance could help assist an untrained caller and even serve as a reminder for those callers who are trained. I look forward to presenting this bill to the committee and discussing its potential to save Hoosier lives.”

The committee will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Statehouse. Visit iga.in.gov to watch the committee hearing live and to learn more about House Bill 1342.

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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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