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Life-saving devices for heart attacks to be installed in all community centres

Published on May 25, 2014 3:57 PM
 
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), which are used in the event an individual suffers a heart attack, will be installed in all 107 community centres and clubs in Singapore by the end of the year. -- ST FILE PHOTO

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), which are used in the event an individual suffers a heart attack, will be installed in all 107 community centres and clubs in Singapore by the end of the year.

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong made this announcement at the launch of the Community First Responder Programme, organised by the People's Association and the Ministry of Health.

The Community First Responder programme will train 4,500 grassroots leaders on how to use these life-saving devices as well as how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. The training will be done over the next two years and residents are also encouraged to join in.

"When someone collapses, more often than not, the closest at the scene would normally be bystanders and passers-by. It would therefore be vital to ensure that there are more people trained in basic life-saving skills such as CPR to render immediate help before the ambulance arrives," said Mr Gan.

 
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