Over 1500 police PCR van staff trained in CPR 10 (Compression only CPR, Bystander CPR, First responder CPR)
New Delhi 13th July: Heart Care Foundation of India jointly with the Indian Medical Association, Delhi Red Cross Society and Delhi Police has trained over 1500 police PCR staff in a span of one week. Addressing a press meet at the IMA today, Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal - President of Heart Care Foundation of India and Honorary Secretary General of IMA and Ms. Anita Roy - Additional DCP Training PCR, said that the aim was to train 100% of the Delhi Police PCR van staff in the life-saving technique of hands only CPR 10 for revival after sudden cardiac arrest by 14th August, 2015.
“One does not need a certification or degree to learn or practice hands only CPR. It is a first aid method which can be performed by anyone. It is imperitive that each one of us learn this technique for you never know, when you will be able to save someone’s life. For best results, CPR must be performed within a ten minutes of a persons death. The earlier it is preformed, the higher the chances of reviving the person" said, Padma Shri Awardee and noted poet Sh. Ashok Chakradhar.
Adding to this, Dr KK Aggarwal said, “Only a neighbourhood PCR van can reach an accident site within the first few minutes. Given the cruciality of each mintute that passes after a person collapses from a sudden cardiac arrest, the PCR van staff can play an important role in helping save lives. CPR must be performed only on patients who are clinically dead and not breathing. The important thing to remember is to compress the center of the chest, about one to two inches deep in between their two nipples, with a speed of atleast 100 per minute (not more than 125)”.
One must rememebr that CPR should only be performed on a hard surface. The victim should be made to lie on the floor, face towards the ceiling. The person performing CPR must stand on his knees, elbows straight and hands interlocked.
Ms Anita Roy added, Over 250 emergency health calls are attended by the PCR vans each day. With each and every PCR van staff being trained in Hands only CPR 10, several lives can be saved.”
Continuous compression only CPR compresses the heart between the sternum and the backbone and builds up the pressure that keeps the oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and keeps the person alive until a defibrillator becomes available or expert medical help arrives. Therefore, if you see someone collapse from sudden cardiac arrest, acting promptly can save his or her life. It is important to act quickly for every minute lost reduces the chances of revival by 10%. So, if you wait 5 minutes, the chances of surviving are 50% less. The earlier you give CPR to a person in cardiac arrest, the greater the chance of a successful resuscitation. To know more or to organize a training camp in your locality, please call the NGO’s helpline number 9958771177.