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State recognizes Frisbie Memorial Hospital EMS and Rochester First Responders

The State of New Hampshire recently recognized the collaborative efforts of Frisbie Memorial Hospital's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Rochester First Responders (Police and Fire Departments) for effectively instituting tested and demonstrated processes to increase cardiac arrest survival rates in the Greater Rochester area; a rate four times the national average. What's more, Frisbie Memorial's EMS was the driving force in developing a "by-pass" program where patients - requiring advanced cardiac intervention - would be directly transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital, a full service cardiac center.
As a result, the City of Rochester has met the following criteria to attain "NH HeartSafe Community" status:

  • Increase awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, its signs and syptoms;
  • Increase the availability of community CPR/AED programs;
  • Increase public safety agency AED availability;
  • Increase placement, registration and availability of AEDs in public areas, businesses and schools;
  • Assist in emergency planning for AED-equipped facilities.

HeartSafe Community designation awarded

Release Date: April 02 2012

Author: Michelle Landry

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