Los Angeles Fire De­part­ment dis­patch­ers waste valu­able seconds get­ting 911 callers to start CPR on car­di­ac ar­rest vic­tims, of­ten be­gin­ning the life-sav­ing pro­ced­ure after the point at which brain death be­gins, ac­cord­ing to this sharply worded in­tern­al study ob­tained by The Times.

    The full re­port is be­low with ex­cerpts from 911 calls high­lighted as ex­amples by the de­part­ment.

    Published: Sept. 13, 2012
    Sources: Los Angeles Fire Department
    Credits: Thomas Suh Lauder, Robert J. Lopez, Ben Welsh
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