Hands to Heart- Save a life with CPR 2019 sees biggest turnout in Malaysia
Regency Specialist Hospital (RSH) and its sister hospital Mahkota Medical Centre (MMC) successfully received the Malaysia Book of Records for the largest participation in mass CPR with more than 10,000 participants.
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The Hands to Heart-Save a life with CPR 2019 was jointly organised by RSH and MMC in conjunction with their anniversaries saw massive waves of eager participants perform hands-only CPR en masse. Participants from all walks of life pumped rhythmically to the beat of “Staying Alive”, guided by the respective specialists and volunteers recruited as ambassadors to teach the public.
Officiating the event was assemblywoman for Johor Jaya and Johor Women and Tourism Development Committee chairman, Liow Cai Tung at Padang Dataran MPPG Pasir Gudang, Johor.
“I would like to congratulate Regency Specialist Hospital for organising this event to help spread awareness and understanding the risk of heart attacks and how it can lead to sudden cardiac arrest, and to teach and guide the public on how to perform hands-only CPR in emergencies,” said Liow in her speech.
Hands-only CPR entails methodically applying chest compressions on someone who has just collapsed with no pulse. When the heart stops, the lack of oxygenated blood can cause damage to the brain within minutes. CPR stimulates and mimics the action of the heart pumping continuously and this can help ensure oxygenated blood flow to vital organs especially to the brain.
Dr Patrick Cheah said that for every minute of delay in administering CPR, a cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival falls by 7-10%. “Chances of survival are zero if there is no action taken after 12 minutes,” said Dr. Cheah who was the lead for CPR learning in Johor.