Knowing CPR means the difference between life and death

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BEING trained to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation(CPR) can mean the difference between life and death, the Minister of Health yesterday said.

Speaking during the completion of the CPR training programme for the employees of Baiduri Bank, Health Minister Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman stressed the importance of CPR.

"The value of early CPR by bystanders is that it can 'buy time' by maintaining blood flow to the heart and brain during cardiac arrest until help arrives," he said. "A sobering fact is that about 80 per cent of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in private residential settings; so being trained to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one."

"In situations where victims do not receive bystander CPR and time to EMS response and defibrillation is longer, survival from sudden Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) cardiac arrest averages one to two per cent," the minister said.

He believed that through their collaboration with Baiduri Bank, they would be able to introduce Lay Rescuer Automated External Defibrillators (AED) programmes also known as Public Access Defibrillation.

"Automated External Defibrillators can be used by lay rescuers such as security guards, police and firefighters," he explained. "They are attached to victims, who are thought to be in cardiac arrest, and provide voice and visual prompts to lead rescuers through the steps of operation".

The minister added the biggest challenge for them as healthcare professionals was to improve survival and the National Resuscitation Centre (NRC) would serve as a key agency in tackling this challenge.

The CPR programme gave the Baiduri Bank employees a new skill in their multitasking duties by adding CPR to contribute to better safety precautions in both the working environment as well as the customers.

The 16 employees out of 107 that took part in the recent CPR Provider Course acted as representatives of each department during the ceremony that was held at the Rizqun Hotel. This training programme is a joint effort by Baiduri Bank and the NRC, Ministry of Health.

Baiduri Bank General Manager Pierre Imhof said that this programme was in line with the corporate's responsibility in keeping the welfare of Bruneians and contribute to a better understanding of health.

"Medical emergencies can occur anywhere, be it at the workplace, at home or even on the road," he said.

"The ability to respond quickly and in the correct manner in the absence of professional medical personnel is of utmost importance to have a victim survive and at Baiduri Bank, we believe in equipping our staff with proper training by related professionals."

He added that employees who are trained with CPR skills can now provide a better sense of comfortability towards each other as a team and also to the customers as they are being served.

Chairperson of NRC Dr Hjh Lailawati Hj Jumat, in her address has cited a brief history the centre as well as the courses available such as First Aid, CPR, Basic Life Support, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

She also advised the public to assess their abilities when it comes to saving a life as the NRC is able to help them out by providing training for any specific purposes.

As appreciation for their training, Baiduri Bank has donated a set of mannequins with an estimated cost of $20,000 to the NRC as their contribution to future participants of the CPR Provider Course.

According to one of the medical officers, a license is given to each organisation that participated in the CPR Provider course which lasted for about two years before it has to be renewed again.

This license guarantees that the employees of the organisations are professionally trained with CPR and can carry out similar tasks.

The Brunei Times