The hospital in Mira Road has initiated a drive to train about one lakh people life-saving techniques of Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The technique is used to revive the person whose breathing or heartbeat stops. However, a lack of CPR awareness is a big health challenge in the country. If CPR is provided on time then about 30 per cent of the life can be saved through this technique.
Wockhardt Hospital has taken an initiative to empower the public to help and resuscitate victims of cardiac arrests. Until the help arrives to reduce mortality rates. The hospital via its hands-on campaign will demonstrate and train about one lakh people – Hands-only CPR in the coming months.
Dr. Tushau Prasad, Consultant Emergency Medicine at the hospital said, “When a loved one experiences a cardiac arrest, seconds matter. A cardiac arrest can occur at any time and anywhere—home, work, on the play, or even on the street. Here, the victim could be anyone, even someone you know and love. The steps to save a life are simple, and we believe everyone should learn it. For every minute CPR is delayed, a victim’s chance of survival decreases by 10%. We will train and demonstrate this technique to about one lakh people in coming months.”
Immediate CPR from someone nearby can double—even triple—their chance of survival. “Our hands can do a miracle. It may save someone’s life if we are empowered with the right technique. Hands-Only CPR technique is recommended for use on teens or adults whom you see suddenly collapse,” added Dr. Prasad.
Dr. Pankaj Dhamija, Center Head of the hospital said, “Timely and effective CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) triple the person’s chance of survival. Thus, we initiated to empower the people with this technique. More than 900 vaccine beneficiaries were given a Hands-only CPR demonstration by our experts here, today. In the coming days, we will conduct such activities extensively to save as many lives as possible.”
The interested participants were given a Hands-Only CPR demonstration on a mannequin. Until the arrival of an ambulance service or trained healthcare professionals. This demonstration will help in preventing complications due to delay in CPR. This will also ensure that a patient reaches the hospital safely. The participants were also given a certificate of appreciation for being a part of the campaign.
“Hands-only CPR knowledge can ensure that our loved ones or those in the need can overcome any unfortunate incident. This might be a heart attack or electric shock or drowning as not many people know about it. Schools and colleges as well demonstrate Hands-only CPR to the students. Hence, I appreciate the hospital for coming up with this unique initiative. It should reach a maximum number of people. Really, looking forward to more such initiatives. Definitely, this will help citizens to lead a healthy life” concluded the vaccine beneficiary, Ms Pradnya Shinde.
What is CPR?
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure wherein chest compressions and artificial ventilation are done to manually preserve the brain function until the breathing and spontaneous blood circulation is restored in a person suffering from cardiac arrest. The person needs CPR whose heart stops or fails to deliver oxygen to the entire body. It is helpful in a lot of emergencies like a cardiac arrest, near drowning, car accidents, choking, heart attacks, electric shocks or someone stops breathing. If CPR is provided within a few minutes of the heart-stopping, then it triples the chances of the patient returning to normal without suffering severe damage to the brain and other organs in the body.