RECEIVING assistance within the first 10 minutes and up to an hour during a traumatic medical emergency is crucial as it could determine whether someone lives or dies.
Perak Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said the period of time was deemed as the “Golden Hour” and immediate assistance must be provided to increase someone’s survival chances.
“The first 10 minutes are important.
“When a patient does not get oxygen for about four minutes, brain cells will start to deteriorate,” he said during the launch of the Perak St John Ambulance Emergency Medical Assistance Services (EMAS) recently.
“If no assistance is provided within the Golden Hour, the patient’s brain could stop functioning,” he said.
Dr Mah said the EMAS started in the state last year in Teluk Intan.
“Starting this year, the 24-hour service will be available in the central and northern regions of Perak,” he said.
“The EMAS ambulance is fully equipped and well-trained volunteers are on hand to respond to any emergency and to provide pre-hospital care to the sick or injured,” he added.
Dr Mah said St John Ambulance had been providing emergency services to people in need for over 20 years. “Their service has saved countless lives during accidents along the expressway or other emergency situations,” he said.
“I also hope they can expand their service to provide assistance to heart attack patients in the future,” he added.
St John Ambulance Commander in Chief Datuk Dr Low Bin Tick said there were about 8,000 members in Perak.
“We also have six ambulances, two each in the northern, central and southern branches,” he said.
During the launch, Dr Mah also announced a RM15,000 allocation to be shared among the three branches.
Dr Mah was appointed as the state St John Ambulance’s vice-chairman.