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Dispatch-assisted CPR: Where are the hold-ups during calls to emergency dispatchers? A preliminary analysis of caller-dispatcher interactions during out-of-hospital cardiac arrest using a novel call transcription technique

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-52
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


Survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is dependent on the chain of survival. Early recognition of cardiac arrest and provision of bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are key determinants of OHCA survival. Emergency medical dispatchers play a key role in cardiac arrest recognition and giving telephone CPR advice. The interaction between caller and dispatcher can influence the time to bystander CPR and quality of resuscitation. We sought to pilot the use of emergency call transcription to audit and evaluate the holdups in performing dispatch-assisted CPR.

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