Currently, all CP programs are grant funded, and as existing pilot programs are proving their efficacy, the primary challenge is establishing sustainable billing practices which require change in policy and legislation. Implementing these programs statewide is largely a perceptual challenge in the public eye. The public doesn’t fully understand the capabilities of their local FD. The transition from perceived “crisis managers” to “community healthcare partners” with a strong focus on preventative care is the paradigm shift we are trying to actuate on an agency, public and legislative level.
We started with a CPR public outreach campaign
CPRsavesVR is a public outreach initiative developed out of the need to educate citizens how to perform chest compression-only CPR properly in the event of a witnessed cardiac arrest. Nearly 80% of cardiac arrests happen in the home. As emergency response workers, we know, the very first person there to help in a cardiac arrest emergency will be a citizen. If we can train our citizens to engage in chest compression-only CPR before we arrive, the victim of the arrest is 50% more likely to survive the event. Our Thurston County EMS system already has one of the highest rates of cardiac arrest survival in the world. Through rigorous training, new science, and dedicated crews, we have achieved a nearly 60% survival rate, with a national average being just 9-11%.
Why use virtual reality, 360 degree video, and google cardboard?
CPRsavesVR is community conversation starter
Our goal is to prepare citizens for the unfortunate and unexpected challenge of witnessing a cardiac arrest. The truth is, it’s scary to do CPR, and the stress and anxiety it produces may cause you to hesitate in a real emergency. Whether the person affected is someone you love or someone you hardly know, we want you to be ready to respond. Our theory is that immersive media like virtual reality ( VR ) and 360-degree video allows us to deliver true-to-life experiences in a safe and virtual way. VR affords us a sense of presence and empathy that mirrors a real-life event. We aren’t delivering this message in a light-hearted or comedic manner because we know that saving a life is a serious matter. We can build learning opportunities and reduce hesitation within virtual emergencies to prepare if you are faced with an actual cardiac arrest emergency.
"Our mission is simple. We give you a free Google Cardboard virtual reality viewer and you use your smartphone to show eight other people how to save a life." - Karen Weiss - Fire Fighter/Paramedic