Medics from the Charleston Fire Department also are implementing the new procedure, Turley said.
Kanawha County transports 140 cardiac arrest patients each year, not including the number transported by city officials, Turley said.
"The data are clear that this really improves survival rates for patients," he said.
As a way of getting the word out about the new policy, the Kanawha County Ambulance Authority is putting a vinyl decal on the back of all the county ambulances. The decals are eight inches in diameter and have a picture of a red and white clock, EKG lines and the phrase ":20 for Life." Ambulance Authority employee Carolyn Charnock designed the logos.
The phrase "20 minutes for life" also is the name that officials have given the new policy.
The logos are to "make the public aware that we have the ongoing program and a change in philosophy," Turley said. "We want to keep the public informed. We don't want to surprise anyone.
"We want to let them know why were doing these things," he said.
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