OnStar Gets Emergency Medical Accreditation

From: Cars.com; Kicking Tires

OnStar's advisors have helped deliver babies, administer CPR instructions and dole out post-car-accident advice, all before medical help arrives. It turns out they know what they're talking about. GM's safety and communication service has been certified by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch as a Medical Accredited Center of Excellence. It's the first non-emergency, private company to gain the status.

With the push of OnStar's First Assist system button, motorists in trouble have access to advisors who receive special training that includes weeks of emergency courses, CPR training and IAED certification. The company first started offering the service in 2010, and according to GM, it's used about 1,200 times every month. In OnStar's 17-year history, the agency reports it's responded to nearly 2 million emergency service calls.

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