IT WAS a different kind of practice for three national badminton players when they turned up at the Sports Arena Sentosa, Kuala Lumpur in a Sunday session.
Par Tien Ann, Yee Sin Foong and Hafiz Sikkandar, all 17, were there along with members of the public to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) held by the sports organisation in collaboration with Community Policing Malaysia.
Two medical experts, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre head of paediatric surgery and senior consultant paediatric surgeon Dr Dayang Anita Abdul Aziz and Serdang Hospital emergency medicine specialist Dr Sherin Intan Abu Bakar, were on hand to educate participants on the importance of CPR, how to recognise a person in need of it and how to operate automated external defibrillators (AED).
Dr Sherin said Malaysians needed to learn how to do CPR and the correct techniques so that they could help anyone who collapsed near them.
“It is crucial to create awareness among the public regarding the basic techniques of performing CPR,” she said.
The participants, numbering 80 in total, also learned how to help a person who was choking.
Dr Dayang taught her audience how to recognise a choking person and the techniques to help them.
“Choking can cause the decrement of oxygen delivered to the brain and you have four minutes before the child dies,” she said, adding that the same techniques could also be applied to helping the elderly.
Following the demonstrations, the participants had the chance to practise CPR and using AEDs on mannequins.
Sports Arena Sentosa head coach Sulaiman Saman said it was good to have such a workshop on how to handle emergency situations.
“I have witnessed a friend collapsing suddenly while playing badminton and I could not do anything at that moment as I did not know what to do.
“Thus I feel there should be more programmes like this for the public,” he added.
A participant, Patrick Chew, 69, who plays badminton twice a week at the arena, had also witnessed two incidents of badminton players collapsing during games.
“This workshop is needed because there should be at least one person capable of administering CPR and operate the AED if needed,” he said.
Ira Cheang, 39, said the workshop was useful as she learned to not just administer CPR to adults but also to children and babies.
Community Policing Malaysia founder Kuan Chee Heng encouraged sports centres to be equipped with AEDs, which were used in cases of cardiac arrest.