To this end, Regency Specialist Hospital (RSH) in Bandar Seri Alam helped equip 680 volunteers with the life-saving skill, in preparation for the largest public mass CPR event in Johor.
The volunteers received training to conduct hands-only CPR, which is a version of CPR that does not require mouth-to-mouth at the UniKL MITEC hall here last month.Conducting the training was RSH department head, consultant emergency medicine and physician Dr Patrick Cheah Wei Chen.
Dr Cheah said CPR was a useful skill to have during a medical emergency, such as a cardiac arrest, and that cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of death in Malaysians.
“With this knowledge, you can use it to save a family member or a friend when the time comes,” he said, adding that a majority of cardiac arrest cases occurred at home.
For their participation in the training, volunteers were given goodie bags, which had first aid kits, chest compression balls and T-shirts.
Those who completed the training received a qualification certificate and will be expected to attend the Hands to Heart – Save a Life with CPR programme, which will be held at Padang Dataran MPPG, Pasir Gudang on Oct 19.
The programme, organised by RHS, is set to be the largest public mass CPR event in Johor, with an expected 5,000 participants.
During the event, which is also on RHS’ 10th anniversary, each volunteer will guide small groups of 10 to 15 people on how to properly conduct hands-only CPR as first aid.
RSH chief executive officer Serena Yong appreciated the public volunteering under the hospital’s CPR trooper programme.
“We are pleased and grateful with the good response by the many organisations and members of the public,” Yong said, hoping the volunteers would be able to convey the importance of learning CPR.
Yong also said Mahkota Medical Centre will organise a similar event in Melaka on the same day.
“If this feat is achieved, we would record the largest participation in a CPR session in the Malaysia Book of Records,” she said. – By JOHN BARRY
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