In supporting the American Heart Association’s recommendation for a three-pronged approach to effective CPR including community CPR training, AED placement in the community and research-based techniques, King County EMS announced that CPR survival rates reached an unprecedented 62% in 2013. “I’m so proud of our King County EMS. Their commitment to outstanding service and adaptation of technology is what led to this new higher survival rate,” said King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert, Chair of the Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee. “It’s another reason why we have a high quality of life in King County.”
Cheryl Dale, Executive Director of AHA’s Puget Sound Division called the nation’s highest survival rate “an incredible victory.” This is especially impressive given that large urban areas such as New York City and Chicago have CPR survival rates in the single digits.
VIFR members (25 career staff, 45 volunteers) practice the county-wide strategy that includes the following:
• High performance CPR method by EMTs to maximize oxygen circulation and increase survival chances.
• Telecommunicator CPR, whereby 911 personnel provide instant CPR instructions by phone.
• 100 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) placed in King County facilities and in law enforcement vehicles, including King County Sheriff’s deputy vehicles.
• High rates of CPR training for local residents. That’s YOU!
• Medic One paramedic training that exceeds national standards for certification.
“It takes a system to save a cardiac arrest victim,” said Dr. Mickey Eisenberg, King County EMS Medical Director. “This is a public health victory in preventing deaths. . .” said Dr. David Fleming, Director and Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County.
Check out our CPR Friends and Family class schedule on our website (www.vifr.org) under “Public Information, CPR Classes.”
*Information in this article provided by Seattle & King County Public Health press release dated 5/19/14, James Apa, 206-263-8698.