Gov. McKee signs bill requiring 911 operators to be trained to give CPR instructions over the phone

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Gov. Dan McKee signed a bill on Tuesday in an effort to improve over-the-phone CPR instructions.

“During a medical emergency, every second counts,” said Governor Dan McKee.

The bill requires all 911 operators to be trained in telecommunicator CPR (T-CPR).

“When CPR starts before the arrival of an emergency medical technician, the person in cardiac arrest is two-to-three times more likely to survive,” said Representative Mia Ackerman.

The bill was introduced after bystanders didn’t receive proper CPR instructions during a medical emergency.

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