Cardiac Arrest Survival Rate Triple National Average with Wausau FD

By: Colin Mayfield Email
By: Colin Mayfield Email

Response times are key in fighting a fire, but they’re just as important when heading to a scene where there might be an unresponsive person.

In early 2012 the Wausau Fire Department began a project to get to victims faster who suffer from cardiac arrest.

The national average out of hospital survival rate is 9.6%, but the fire department has a 33% out of hospital survival rate.

Josh Finke, EMS Division Chief says their response time has a lot to do with the increase in survival.

“Biggest thing we have going for us is very good response times. Our average is about four minutes and 30 seconds. We found anytime our response time was 5 minutes or greater, none of those patients survived.”

Without state of the art equipment like the new cardiac monitors and automatic compression systems, Josh says they wouldn't be able to be successful.

The Wausau Fire Department purchased the equipment thanks to both FEMA and Ester Greenheck Foundation funding in 2013.

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