Archive - Jan 10, 2012

Archive - Jan 10, 2012

9-1-1 Dispatchers Can Save More Lives By Coaching Bystanders in CPR

Statement Highlights:

  • Dispatchers should help 9-1-1 callers identify cardiac arrest victims and coach callers to provide immediate CPR.
  • If more dispatchers followed these processes, thousands of lives could be saved every year.
  • Communities should regularly evaluate 9-1-1 emergency dispatchers’ performance and the overall emergency response system, according to a new American Heart Association statement.

DALLAS — More people will survive sudden cardiac arrest when 9-1-1 dispatchers help bystanders assess victims and begin CPR immediately, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association

NJ Assemblyman Dies Suddenly in Statehouse

Gov. Christie Postpones State of the State Address

TRENTON, N.J. — Grieving New Jersey lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Tuesday to begin a new legislative session with a low-key swearing-in ceremony as they mourned the death of a Republican leader who collapsed at the Statehouse the night before. Gov. Chris Christie planned to deliver a remembrance instead of his annual State of the State address, which was postponed.

Assembly Majority Leader Alex DeCroce, 75, died late Monday after a busy night of voting that closed out the 214th legislative session.

Assemblyman Herb Conaway, the Legislature's only physician, said DeCroce had come up to him to complain he was feeling ill. He said he and state troopers tried unsuccessfully to revive the northern New Jersey lawmaker, administering CPR.

"He served admirably for many years and he will certainly be missed," Conaway said.

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