The Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of EMS, made a special announcement in March 2013. The state would be requiring their emergency medical services personnel to use High Performance CPR beginning on July 1, 2013.
ALL EMS personnel, QRS, BLS, and ALS EMS Agencies will be using the high performance CPR approach to manage cardiac arrests beginning July 1, 2013. Using a “pit crew” approach to manage cardiac arrests has been shown to improve out of hospital cardiac arrest survival.
Other names for the CPR protocol that you might see include: High Functioning CPR, High Density CPR, Pit Crew CPR, and Team CPR.
This new concept has been proven highly successful in other areas of the country, where survival rates skyrocketed from seven percent to eight percent, to 30 percent to 40 percent. I’ve seen some numbers reaching above 50 percent.
This protocol is strictly for adult patients who suddenly collapse and have no pulse. There are minimal breaks in compressions for rescue breaths, with compressions at a rate of 100-120 beats per minute, about two inches deep, allowing for full chest recoil.
EMS professionals around Pennsylvania believe that this new approach will lead to more lives saved.
Providers in Pennsylvania must be trained either via a 1.5-hour online course, or by attending a hands-on, three- to four-hour class hosted by those already trained in the new requirement.