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More cardiac arrest patients receive CPR from bystanders, increased chances of survival

Published on Sep 3, 2014 10:01 PM
 
School staff learning how to become lifesavers as part of the Singapore Heart Foundation’s “Start A Heart” project on 30 June 2014. More cardiac arrest patients are receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, from bystanders, leading to a higher survival rate, figures for 2013 show. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE HEART FOUNDATION 

SINGAPORE- More cardiac arrest patients are receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from bystanders, leading to a higher survival rate.

In 2010, only two in 10 cardiac arrest patients received CPR from a bystander. This number has doubled to four in 10 in 2013, thanks to a programme where healthcare staff guide bystanders on how to do CPR over the phone before the ambulance arrives.

When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, his or her heart stops beating - this is different from heart attacks, which is when blood flow to the heart is blocked.

With more bystander CPR, survival rates have increased from 3.6 to 4.6 per cent. "The survival rate for cardiac arrest has increased by about a third and every life counts," said Associate Professor Marcus Ong, senior consultant at the department of emergency medicine at Singapore General Hospital.

 
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