Shang­hai takes CPR lessons

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By WANG HONGYI in Shang­hai wanghongyi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

You never know when it might hap­pen, but if some­one has a heart at­tack, it’s a great thing to know what to do.

A train­ing pro­gram on car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion was launched in Shang­hai re­cently, en­cour­ag­ing more peo­ple to master the life-sav­ing skill.

Car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion (CPR) is a hands-on emer­gency pro­ce­dure, which, when per­formed prop­erly, can main­tain cir­cu­la­tory flow and oxy­gena­tion in a car­diac ar­rest vic­tim through chest com­pres­sion and as­sisted ven­ti­la­tion.

More than 300 Shang­hai res­i­dents learned CPR last week­end un­der the pro­fes­sional guid­ance of Life Support Train­ing Cen­ter at the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of Fu­dan Univer­sity.

The cen­ter, which is a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion, of­fers ba­sic life support cour­ses that teach peo­ple how to per­form CPR on adults, chil­dren and in­fants at the scene of an emer­gency.

So far, more than 3,000 med­i­cal staffers have been trained there, but the cour­ses aren’t just for health care staff — they’re also for the pub­lic.

“We have done train­ing in CPR be­fore, but we think it’s vi­tal to ex­pand this train­ing to more res­i­dents, so they know how to do CPR in an emer­gency,” said Wang Yi, pres­i­dent of Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of Fu­dan Univer­sity. Wang said the quicker CPR is given to a heart at­tack vic­tim, the higher the sur­vival rate.

In de­vel­oped coun­tries such as the US and Canada, many peo­ple have re­ceived on­site CPR train­ing, and in some ar­eas, the sur­vival rate of heart at­tacks can reach 60 per­cent when CPR is per­formed in a timely fash­ion.

Almost 90 per­cent of China’s res­i­dents have not re­ceived CPR train­ing.

Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion has 117 train­ing cen­ters in China, with 14 in Shang­hai alone.

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