Saturday, 27 July 2013

Only people who went through CPR training will understand.

"Chong Beng, a man fainted on the walkway. All yours."

"Observe for danger."

"No danger."

"Hello, hello! Are you ok!?"

"No response."

"1 a thousand, 2 a thousand, 3 a thousand, ... ... ... 10 a thousand."

"No breathing."

"1 and, 2 and, 3 and, 4 and, 5 and,
1 and, 2 and, 3 and, 4 and, 10 and,
1 and, 2 and, 3 and, 4 and, 15 and,
1 and, 2 and, 3 and, 4 and, 20 and,
1 and, 2 and, 3 and, 4 and, 25 and,
1 and, 2 and, 3 and, 4 and, 30."

(Head tilt chin life, 1st ventilation)

"Chest does not rise."

(Head tilt chin life, 1st ventilation)

"Chest still does not rise."

"1 and, 2 and, 3 and, 4 and, 5 and,
1 and, 2 and, 3 and, 4 and, 10 and,
1 and, 2 and, 3 and, 4 and, 15 and,,
1 and, 2 and, 3 and, 4 and, 20 and,
1 and, 2 and, 3 and, 4 and, 25 and,
1 and, 2 and, 3 and, 4 and, 30."

(Head tilt chin life, open mouth and check for airway obstruction.)

"1 fishball found!"

(Head tilt chin life, 1st ventilation)

"Chest rise."

(2nd ventilation)

"Chest rise."

"1 and, 2 and, 3 and, 4 and, 5 and,
1 and, 2 and, 3 and, 4 and, 10 and,
1 and, 2 and, 3 and, 4"

"The man started coughing."

"Sir, I am Chong Beng, a First Aider. You fainted just now, we have called the ambulance. Can I check your body for other injury?"

This is what had been going through physically and in my mind from 22 to 24 July 2013. One cycle of CPR has 30 chest thrust and 2 ventilation  Have you tried? Very tiring you know. Luckily we practice in air conditioned room with carpeted floor. During the test, I had to complete more than 3 cycles before the examiner says "man started coughing"!

Ouch! My knees!!!

Well, I got rewarded for his sufferings. See! The card that certified I am trained to save life. Hee...

Actually, not that great la, it's just a certification that I am a First Aider equipped with skills to help sustain life, whenever possible till professional help is available. Have an expiry date ok. Not valid after 22 Jul 2016.

Will I be using it? This is my 3rd certification as a First Aider, you say leh? I am grateful to have the opportunity to be equipped with the skills and knowledge to help sustain life. No doubt about how useful the skills are to me at work and in my personal life.

If you had received training in CPR, you will understand that it is demanding on the person giving it. There is always the physical strain on the arms and knee, plus the fear of not doing it correctly and breaking the person’s bones. So if you happened to see someone helping another person on the street, move forward and be prepare to continue administering the CPR when the person is exhausted, call 995 for ambulance, direct the paramedics to the scene, go look for an AED and first aid box, and/or ensure both the person performing and receiving CPR have adequate space. Crowding around the person, watching and taking photographs doesn’t help. That, I am very, VERY sure.

Since I started nagging, must as well add another one. Hee…

There are just too many misconceptions towards supporting a person who is having fit/seizure. Restraining the person having fits and putting objects into the person’s mouth will not in any way, helps the person to stop the seizure or quicken the process. Yes, they may hurt their tongue during their seizure, although highly unlikely. There are no way that they will bite their tongue in the process which warrant your intervention to put objects such as towel, spoon and even shoes into their mouth. Don’t trust me, but trust medical science,  many researches and sharing from people who have many years of experience in supporting person who frequent seizure.

Don’t believe?

Then I take this opportunity to congratulate you for increasing the possibility of taking away the person’s life.

Putting objects into the person’s mouth will not only result in hurting the person, it may cause them to have breathing difficulties resulting from your induced airway obstruction. Unless its breakthrough seizure that last more than 4 minutes, the person will unlikely die from seizure. By you putting that object into their mouth, you just increased their chance of death.

What about after they recovered from their seizure and found a shoe in their mouth? Or what if their mouth were bleeding resulted from that object, such as porcelain spoon that you had putted into their mouth? Do you know how humiliating that is?

Ok, nagging ended and… … Yippee!!! See! I am certified to save life. 

:-D