Thursday, April 3, 2008

Kiss of Life

Life Saving Skill
Today, I am going to save some lives. I am talking about
CPR (CardioPulmonary Resuscitation) which includes the KISS OF LIVE or LIP-LOCK (Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitation).
Two Stories in the Singapore newspapers today prompt me to write this.

Story 1: Woman Chokes To Death On Biscuits
Hungry after a late-night chat, a hairstylist help herself to some biscuits, but choked on them and died. Her flatmate tried to force biscuits out of her mouth but she passed out after coughing fit. Nobody knows CPR on Choking.

Story 2: Dance of Death
A 23 year old man who enjoyed dancing to the beat of arcade dance machines died doing what he loved on Tuesday. He goes to the arcade thrice a week and had been going at it for about half an hour. Apparently, he was suffering from a blood disorder Thelassemia (no indication whether major or minor).
No body know how to perform CPR and he was dead before help arrive.

Why Learn CPR
I myself have personally gone thru CPR training at the American Red Cross (in Singapore) and at the Singapore Life Saving Society during my life saving and swim coaching lessons.
Knowing CPR could save some one's life as highlighted in the above 2 cases. The few crucial seconds could make a difference between life and death.

NEW GUIDELINE: Hands-Only CPR will do
American Heart Association said on Monday that hands-only deep compressions of the chest works just as well as the standard CPR for sudden cardiac arrest in adults.

Experts hope that this new guideline will prompt bystanders to be more willing to help since they can skip the "Lip-Lock" which effectively remove the barrier for people who are skittish about it.
It is said that Inaction is the thing that kill. Doing something is better than doing nothing.

New method which is simpler calls for uninterrupted chest compressions: 100 a minute until help arrive.

In the case of Breathing Problems such as near-drowning etc, mouth to mouth breathing is still necessary.

Watch CPR Videos
Watch the following videos to pick up some skill on CPR. You never know when u might need to apply it. But don't go around giving the kiss of life as and when you see someone lying down.

Rule No. 1: Check to find out whether the person is conscious or need help by tapping on the shoulder (not anywhere else).

Rule No Two: Shout for expert help (doctor or experienced or competent CPR person may be present) ; Call 911 (for ambulance)

Rule No 3: If no expert help is at hand, swing into action. Doing something is better than nothing.

Rule No 4: Exercise discretion and reasonable duty of care and skill as a normal person would.

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