New Wisconsin law ensures CPR instruction via 911

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday signed a new law that ensures all trained 911 dispatchers in the state can give CPR instructions over the phone.

The bill was authored by Sen. Jerry Petrowski of Marathon and Rep. Treig Pronschinske of Mondovi.

The effort is aimed at bridging the time between a 911 call comes in and when first responders can reach the scene, according to a report from WAOW-TV in Wausau.

Every 911 call center must either have trained and certified dispatchers available to provide CPR instruction or transfer callers to another dispatch center that can do so.

Another part of the bill also requires the state’s Department of Health Services to make funds available for the training of dispatchers to provide CPR instruction over the phone.

According to the American Heart Association, a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival decreases 10 percent with each passing minute before the start of CPR. But when a bystander is able to administer CPR, it can double or even triple the chance of survival.