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S’pore launches first CPR kiosks in Asia


Life-saving lesson: Amrin Amin, senior parliamentary secretary of the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Home Affairs, trying out the CPR kiosk at Toa Payoh HDB Hub. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

Life-saving lesson: Amrin Amin, senior parliamentary secretary of the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Home Affairs, trying out the CPR kiosk at Toa Payoh HDB Hub. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

SINGAPORE: Members of the public can learn more about cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at eight new CPR kiosks, the first ones in Asia.

The Singapore Heart Foundation, in collaboration with the Singapore Resuscitation and First Aid Council, launched the self-learning kiosks on Saturday to raise awareness of the life-saving skill.

Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in Singapore where, on average, more than 2,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur yearly.

The victim’s chance of surviving decreases by about 7% for every minute that passes, the Singapore Heart Foundation said in a press release.

It hopes to increase the response rate with the CPR kiosks, which were launched in conjunction with Nation­al Heart Week/World Heart Day 2018.

Each kiosk lets users try CPR by using their hands to perform chest compressions on a mannequin’s torso. There are short written instructions and an informational video.

The mannequin’s head lights up with the right depth and rate of chest compressions. In hands-only CPR, the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in conventional CPR is eliminated.

“There is evidence that using hands alone is life-saving. Some people aren’t comfortable with mouth-to-mouth,” said Singapore Heart Found­ation chairman Professor Terrance Chua.

The kiosks are located in “high-traffic” areas such as universities and cinemas, and there are plans to put more at 13 other places, he said.

The kiosks are located at Chevron House, National Heart Centre Singa­pore, National Institute of Education, Northpoint City, Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore Institute of Technology, The Cathay Cineplex and Toa Payoh HDB Hub. — The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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