MPDS Version 12.2 features Fast-Track Pathway to CPR Instructions

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—Priority Dispatch Corp. is pleased to announce the availability of a fast-track pathway to Pre-Arrival Instructions (PAIs) and a modified CPR sequence as part of the recently released Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS®) developed by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch® (IAED)

MPDS v12.2 bypasses the questions and instructions on Protocol 9:Cardiac or Respiratory Arrest for patients with suspected medical arrest, directing the EMD to proceed with CPR immediately from Case Entry. This direct link was created in an effort to meet AHA recommendations to reduce the time from discovery of cardiac arrest to “hands on chest.”

“Dispatchers play a vital role as the first link in the Chain of Survival,” said Jerry Overton, Chairman of the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED) Emergency Clinical Advice System. “The new 12.2 fast-track aids the dispatcher in this role by providing CPR instructions earlier, emphasizing immediate care for the patients.”

Other enhancements include modifications to Protocol 28:Stroke and the Stroke Diagnostic Tool to better address Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) and facilitate early stroke center notification; modifications to Protocol 12:Convulsions/Seizures to help the EMD better detect hypoxic and atypical seizures through Key Questioning and patient monitoring; and modifications to the wording of the Agonal Breathing Detector to allow for better caller understanding. Mandatory links have also been added to direct the EMD to use the Agonal Breathing Detector to improve agonal breathing detection. A new PAI pathway created for Unconscious Choking patients directs the caller to give compressions first in an effort to dislodge the obstructions before attempting ventilations. This is a change from the previous version where “Unconscious Choking” patients were part of the Ventilations first pathway.

MPDS v12.2 will be available in cardsets and ProQA® Paramount and ProQA 3.4 electronic formats. MPDS v13 will be available in cardsets and ProQA Paramount; earlier versions of ProQA will not support the MPDS v13 platform.

Agencies with a current Extended Service Plan (ESP) will receive the v12.2 update at no additional charge. The MPDS v12.2 update package will include the Update Guide, which details each of the improvements, and three Special Procedures Briefing from the CPR PAI, the Agonal Breathing Detector, and the Stroke Diagnostic Tool.

Since MPDS version 12.0 was released in July 2008, more than 2,000 users of the previous version have successfully updated their protocols to the current standard of dispatch care and practice. The Academy encourages all users to begin the process ofupdating as soon as possible to avoid the extended use of outdated, obsolete, and/or unsupported medical care and dispatch processes.

For more information or to watch an online streaming demonstration of MPDS ProQA Paramount software, visit or call (800)363-9127. 

Contact Kris Berg
(800) 363-9127 ext. 116