Several Los Angeles officials on Friday said they would probe the findings of an internal Los Angeles Fire Department report detailing delays in getting 911 callers to begin CPR on cardiac arrest victims.
The study, disclosed by The Times this week, found LAFD dispatchers waste valuable time getting callers to start CPR, often beginning the life-saving procedure after the point at which brain death can begin. The study raised particular concerns about a time-consuming script of questions call-takers are required to ask before giving CPR instructions or dispatching rescue units.
City Councilwoman Jan Perry called on fire officials to make any necessary changes to call-handling protocols. "Maybe we need to condense and compress and be more efficient in how the questions are asked," said Perry, who is running for mayor. "I'm guessing that we do."
Fire Commissioner Andrew Friedman said his panel had not been presented with the report, but will investigate the issue. "If it is true that it takes four, four-and-a-half minutes to give CPR instructions then the methodology has to be changed and improved," he said.