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New CPR protocol boosts survival

Leland Fire/Rescue, in conjunction with Brunswick County Emergency Services, has implemented new protocols on treatment of cardiac arrest victims. It has been a success! Survival rates have increased and we have received favorable press from it. Below is an article from The Star News, published: Monday, February 20, 2012. It mentions a number of our very own technicians that are on the front line of providing this care. Enjoy the article.

“Nick Jarman is helping implement a new county standard for cardiac arrest patients in Brunswick County, and attests the training he is giving Emergency Medical Services first responders is unlike anything he has ever seen.

“This is one of the single most massive shifts in protocol … in anyone’s memory,” said Jarman, who works with the county’s EMS quality improvement department.

Since the county recently installed a standardized method of resuscitating cardiac arrest patients, they are seeing revelatory results beyond any expectations, he said. Preliminary numbers show it has helped improve the county’s cardiac arrest rate of survival jump by about 30 percent – more than three times the rate officials had hoped to see.

The new system, where everyone has a specific role like a NASCAR pit crew, shifts responders focus to CPR techniques immediately, instead of taking patients to the hospital. Paramedics also cool patients to protect the brain from the stop in circulation.

“We are finding the battle for life is not won or lost in the hospital or ambulance, but on the living room floor,” Jarman said.

Jarman said at first, the county was afraid there would be little faith in the system.

But Leland Fire and Rescue crews have seen that it works, and shift leader Lt. Mike Jones said his paramedics are fully on board.

So far, the crews have been able to revive both of their cardiac arrest patients, he said.

“The lead of one of the shifts called me after saving our first patient, and he was like, ‘dude, guess what? It works.’ ” he said. “We weren’t so optimistic at first.”

Possibly because it’s so simple, Jones said.

The only new tool paramedics needed were timekeeping devices to help time their CPR compression rate. The rest, like ice packs and chilled saline, was already readily available.

“It’s really elementary,” Jarman said.

Neighboring New Hanover County will also be teaching the new techniques.

Warren Brown, the county’s EMS performance improvement officer, said extensive studies have been done on the system.

“Seattle been doing this for years,” he said.

Brown added they have been posting high rates of survival rates for cardiac arrest patients for years. Wake County, who has led the state-wide initiative to get cardiac arrest protocol shifted, has also been able to see results.

“It just makes sense,” Brown said of the system.”

Brown added they have been posting high rates of survival rates for cardiac arrest patients for years. Wake County, who has led the state-wide initiative to get cardiac arrest protocol shifted, has also been able to see results.

“It just makes sense,” Brown said of the system.”

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