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Updated: October 17, 2013 14:25 IST

Identification of cardiac arrest at the right time vital: experts

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A representative of Care Hospital givina a demonstration of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation on the Beach Road in the city on Wednesday. Photo: K.R. Deepak
The Hindu A representative of Care Hospital givina a demonstration of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation on the Beach Road in the city on Wednesday. Photo: K.R. Deepak

A team from Care Hospital come together to create awareness on simple techniques on the occasion of World Anaesthesia Day

According to a recent survey, incidence of heart diseases among Indians is four times higher than those in western countries. What is more startling is that Indians are more prone to heart ailments at a much younger age.

Providing basic life support and following simple techniques would go a long way in saving many lives. Anaesthetists say that lack of proper awareness and appropriate guidance lead to sudden deaths, most of which can be prevented.

A group of doctors, anaesthetists, consultants, employees, and technicians of Care Hospital came together to create awareness on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other simple techniques such as chest-compression-airway breathing (CAB) on the occasion of World Anaesthesia Day here on Wednesday.

Using a mannequin, a live demo was given on how to apply automated external defibrillator (AED) connecting chest paddles that follow the rhythm of ECG.

A good number of passers-by turned up to understand the techniques demonstrated by the experts opposite YMCA, Beach Road. Consultant of Care Hospital J.J. David said: “Any person from a non-medical background can apply AED as the technique is quite self-explanatory. However, there is a need to educate people on its application and its availability at commonplaces like railway station, bus complex, and a few malls in the city.”

Identification of cardiac arrest at the right time plays a key role. During emergencies, call up medical helpline, apply CAB, and admit the patient to the nearest hospital, suggested the experts.

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