SGH doctor on mission to boost CPR training

Associate Professor Marcus Ong, 48, has pushed for more people to be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, including spearheading training sessions in schools, offices, community clubs and religious organisations through the Dispatcher Assisted f
Associate Professor Marcus Ong, 48, has pushed for more people to be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, including spearheading training sessions in schools, offices, community clubs and religious organisations through the Dispatcher Assisted first Responder programme.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Providing immediate help can raise cardiac-arrest survival rates from 14% to 50%

Ten minutes. What happens in this small window of time after a heart stops beating can mean the difference between life and death.

But often, it takes that amount of time, or more, for help to reach a cardiac arrest victim outside a hospital. The statistics are shocking.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 05, 2018, with the headline 'Doc on mission to boost CPR training'. Print Edition | Subscribe