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New program aims to help increase cardiac arrest survivals

September 17, 2018

GRAFTON, Vt. (AP) — All providers of emergency medical services in Vermont will need to participate in a new program aimed at teaching responders to resuscitate more effectively.

Grafton Fire and Rescue is offering classes in the surrounding area for Resuscitation Academy. The Brattleboro Reformer reports the average survival rate from cardiac arrest when it is witnessed is 10 percent — but EMS groups have been able to increase the rate to more than 60 thanks to specialized treatments.

The Vermont Department of Health says performing CPR within the first minutes of cardiac arrest dramatically improves someone’s chance at survival.

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