Experts: CPR On Time Can Save The Life Double The Time
With about 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur at home and 90 percent of those who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die. Medical experts say that if Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is performed immediately by someone nearby, the chances of survival of victims can double or triple.
CPR is an emergency lifesaving procedure performed when the heart stops beating. Immediate CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac arrest.
Health experts say that Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the malfunction or cessation of electrical and mechanical activity of the heart which accounts for more than 60% of all cardiac deaths.
Abhishek Dubewar, Senior Director – Cardiac and Vascular Group, Medtronic Indian Subcontinent said, “Medtronic had launched the first-of-its-kind program i.e. Chiranjeev Hriday– CPR seekho Dil Dhadkne Do (Learn CPR and Keep the Heart Beating) at Divya Kumbh 2019 with an objective to provide hands only CPR training to visitors”.
He Further added, “We have kept the momentum going even after Kumbh. So far, we have trained more 10,000 people in the last 9 months across the country. Our vision also aligns with the government’s focus on improving access to diagnosis, treatment and recovery from non-communicable diseases in India.”
CPR Training And Its Use:
“We recommend three core links for resuscitation in adult by layperson i.e. Early recognition and activation, Early chest compression and Early transfer. First, the rescuer has to recognize the victim, second step is to call the ambulance and in third step, the rescuer has to practice the chest compression,” said Dr Rakesh Garg, Professor in the department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care, Pain and Palliative Medicine at AIIMS.
“Compression Only Life Support (COLS) is simple and easy to remember. It can be learnt by a layman and performed by family members whose closed ones happen to be in such situation. The method can be easily taught and training can also be imparted telephonically, said (Prof) Dr Garg.
Dr Swadeep Srivastava, Founder Heal Foundation, says, “As per the survey conducted by Lybrate around 98 percent Indians are not trained in the basic life-saving technique of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) during sudden cardiac arrest. “CPR seekho dil dhahdakne do” campaign of Medtronic is one good initiative in the right direction. This year, Heal Foundation also organized a CPR workshop for health writers to sensitize them.”