The Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue (PWCDFR) has been recognized by a Northern Virginia organization.
The department has received the Outstanding EMS Agency award from the Northern Virginia EMS Council after implementing the Witnessed Cardiac Resuscitation Improvement Program.
PWCDFR researched and created a plan that is expected to improve the survival of patients who experience a cardiac arrest, according to a release.
The department also collaborated with Public Safety Communications Center (PSCC) to develop a new “All Callers Interrogation,” which reduces the amount of information needed before a call is transferred for dispatch.
A High Performance CPR (HPCPR) training program was designed, as well.
HPCPR allows employees to better implement CPR procedures.
“HPCPR is designed to improve the overall survival rate of people who have sudden cardiac arrest; the single greatest cause of death in the U.S.” Fire and Rescue Chief Kevin McGee said in a release. “HPCPR is based on a team approach with defined roles and responsibilities; often described as a choreographed dance where teamwork and communication are essential.”
Research and strategies used by EMS systems nationwide were used to develop HPCPR.
“The Prince William County Fire & Rescue System is now a part of that high performance system, McGee said. It enables us to enhance the quality of care we provide our residents in a more efficient and effective manner.”
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