Bruneians urged to take up CPR course

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEIANS are urged to learn how to perform chest compressions, as many are still lacking in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills.

Speaking to CPR course conductor, Razie Alias of Tamada Nursing Services, he said based on his experience in the field of Basic Life Support (BLS), many Bruneians still do not know or are unsure of the proper ways to perform CPR.

CPR is an emergency procedure that combines chest compression with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in an effort to manually preserve brain function.

He added that people often take CPR for granted, noting that many Bruneians also do not know which agencies offer CPR training programmes.

“Most of the participants that come to us don’t know how to perform CPR and the agencies providing CPR training in Brunei,” he said.

Razie said CPR Certification is not just for first responders and medical professionals, as every household must have at least one member who can perform the CPR to give immediate aid to a domestic victim of cardiac arrest.

“Most cardiac arrest incidents happen unexpectedly, outside of hospitals where medical professionals are not around to help. So it’s important to know CPR as it can save a life,” he said.

According to figures from the Brunei Cardiac Society, a total of 364 people died from cardiovascular diseases last year.

The CPR instructor said permanent brain damage begins after only four minutes without oxygen, and death can occur as soon as four to 10 minutes later.

Razie highlighted that “every second counts” while CPR is being rendered to an individual.

While it is common for people to panic and freeze when they encounter someone experiencing cardiac arrest, he said the first action should be dialing 991, followed by compression-only if a person is trained.

He added that it is vital for one to know the CPR as it has been proven that a bystander performing CPR can double the chances of the victim living.

The expert said raising awareness about the importance of CPR is “incredibly important because that’s the first step to helping people survive”.

“It’s also a low-budget solution to improving survival,” he said.

As part of Tamada’s initiatives in raising awareness about CPR, Razie said the Brunei-Muara district based nursing provider is planning to hold talks at schools to share more knowledge about CPR and its benefits.

“CPR can be learned by anyone. It requires no special medical skills and training is available,” said Razie.

The Brunei Times