CPR call ex­poses need for first aid

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By LIU KUN in Wuhan liukun@chi­nadaily.com.cn Li Lei con­trib­uted to this story.

An au­dio clip of a wife per­form­ing CPR on her un­con­scious hus­band un­der the di­rec­tion of an emer­gency ser­vices op­er­a­tor, which went vi­ral, highlights the im­por­tance of ba­sic first-aid knowl­edge, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior doc­tor.

In the 26-minute call, which was recorded in Oc­to­ber, but re­leased re­cently by au­thor­i­ties, the woman says her hus­band has col­lapsed at their home in Wuhan, Hubei prov­ince. Sus­pect­ing a heart at­tack, the op­er­a­tor tells her how to per­form chest com­pres­sions, which she does un­til an am­bu­lance ar­rives.

The sur­vival rate of sud­den car­diac ar­rest vic­tims out­side a hos­pi­tal is less than 1 per­cent.” Chen Manli, di­rec­tor of car­dio­vas­cu­lat medicine at Wuhan Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal

The man, iden­ti­fied only as Peng, 43, was taken to Wuhan Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal and three days later was said to have re­cov­ered. Doc­tors said the first aid per­formed by his wife was cru­cial to his sur­vival.

“The sur­vival rate of sud­den car­diac ar­rest vic­tims out­side a hos­pi­tal is less than 1 per­cent,” Chen Manli, di­rec­tor of car­dio­vas­cu­lar medicine at the hos­pi­tal, was quoted as say­ing by Yangtze River Daily. “His wife played a vi­tal role by con­duct­ing chest com­pres­sions in the ‘golden four min­utes’.”

In 2014, China had 325 emer­gency cen­ters na­tion­wide, more than dou­ble com­pared with 2005, ac­cord­ing to China Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion Sta­tis­ti­cal Year­book 2015.

How­ever, the abil­ity of Chi­nese to per­form po­ten­tially life­sav­ing first aid re­mains lim­ited.

“For Chi­nese, there is a huge lack of first-aid train­ing, but more im­por­tantly, the pub­lic is not fully aware of its im­por­tance,” said Jia Dacheng, a retired doc­tor for­merly with Bei­jing Emer­gency Cen­ter and an ex­pert on first-aid train­ing.

He said that as easy as first-aid train­ing is, it can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death.

“Vic­tims of sud­den car­diac ar­rest can po­ten­tially be saved by sim­ple chest com­pres­sions within the first four min­utes — af­ter which they could suf­fer per­ma­nent brain dam­age.”

Qiu Zhi­wei, the stu­dent leader of a vol­un­teer group pro­mot­ing first-aid knowl­edge at Bei­jing’s Ren­min Univer­sity of China, said: “Most peo­ple fail to per­form first aid not be­cause it’s com­plex, but be­cause they have not taken the time to learn how to per­form it.”

Jia said he has been pro­mot­ing first-aid train­ing since 1985, but that the power of an in­di­vid­ual is lim­ited.

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