|Fire chiefs association’s video aims to inform public on statewide changes to CPR protocol|
|By The Westerly Sun - Jason Vallee|
|February 16, 2017|
The Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs have released a public service video in advance of statewide changes to CPR protocols, an effort that officials say is designed to better inform the public before the policy is implemented on March 1.
The association launched the 30-second video, which highlights the new aspects of the protocol, at the Warwick Fire Department this morning. Retired R.I. Fire Chief Richard Susi, who serves as executive director of the association, said the video will be used on social media platforms and websites as a means of better informing the public and minimizing the impact of the changes during emergency response. https://youtu.be/pdhB-QqZn5Y
The new protocols, established based on American Heart Association standards, require that “resuscitative efforts should continue for a minimum of 30 minutes prior to moving the patient to the ambulance or transporting the patient.”
These efforts should occur regardless of proximity to a hospital or medical facility, the regulation reads, and resuscitation should occur at the location the patient is found unless there is a present and immediate danger to either the victim or a first responder. The regulation is available for public viewing on the Rhode Island Department of Health website. The new policy must be implemented by all Rhode Island first responders before March 1.
More information, including details of the protocol and how you can help using civilian CPR, visit the Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs website.