New CPR protocol means ambulance workers will treat patients longer before going to hospital

From the Journal:

Dunlaevy spoke at a Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs press conference held last week to inform the public about the new protocol: 30-minute on-site CPR.

“The point of this protocol is to minimize the interruptions in CPR, in order to promote better patient outcomes,” said Dr. Joseph Lauro.

When EMS personnel arrive, they may start chest compressions on a patient, but then stop to place the patient on a gurney and into the ambulance.

Studies have shown that interrupting CPR leads to worse outcomes for patients, said Lauro, an emergency physician at The Miriam Hospital and Newport Hospital.

In response, EMS personnel will now stay on scene with a patient for as long as 30 minutes, so as not to interrupt CPR.

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