Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CARE to educate Malaysians on AED

KUALA LUMPUR: Citizen’s Action and Response in Emergencies (CARE) will extend its citizens education programme on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to include training in using the automated external defibrillator (AED), to save lives. CARE founder Dr Steven Chow in a press statement yesterday said Malaysians should be educated on managing this issue because in the event of a cardiac arrest, the odds of survival for an individual plummeted by seven to 10 per cent per minute if not cared for.

“AED is important to be made readily available with the necessary training provided to the public because proper use of the AED will enable a dysfunctional heart to revert to a normal heartbeat for a sudden heart attack victim,” he said. AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and send an electric shock to the heart to try restore a normal rhythm and it is used to treat sudden cardiac arrests. Cardiovascular disease contributes 30 per cent of medically certified deaths in Malaysia. CARE has taught as many as 1,000 medical services staff on how to conduct CPR.

CARE was set up by the Federation of Private Medical Practitioners Association of Malaysia (FPMPAM) and St John’s Ambulance of Malaysia (SJAM) as an outreach programme to train Malaysians to be able to respond appropriately and assist others in times of crisis. — Bernama

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