The State of CPR

When 45-year-old Rena Fleury collapsed at her son’s football game, no less than 4 people called 911. 2 defibrillators were on hand. But she died anyway.
 
911 operators hadn’t recognized Fleury’s cardiac arrest and didn’t give the callers CPR instructions. With cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR decreases chances of survival by up to 10%. Fleury had to wait up to 5 minutes.  
 
Would she have survived in another state? The odds of surviving cardiac arrest outside of a hospital varies widely across the US. 2 major variables: How much states invest in CPR training, and whether 911 operators consistently give instructions.
 
ProPublica/The Public’s Radio

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