First-ever CPR workshop conducted for Health Writers
Around 75+ health writers attended a workshop on cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the recently conducted 7 th Heal Health Writers Convention. The workshop was a continuation of “Chiranjeev Hriday – CPR seekho Dil Dhadakne Do” – a campaign issued in public interest by Medtronic.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the malfunction or cessation of electrical and mechanical activity of the heart. SCA is characterized by dangerously fast heart rate (ventricular tachycardia) or irregular rhythm (ventricular fibrillation), unconsciousness, and irregular (gasping) or no breathing. Majority of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) events occur outside hospitals. There is no clear data available in India; but through studies and by extrapolation, it is estimated that the annual incidence of deaths due to sudden cardiac arrest are around 7 lakhs in the country ,2 and 95 percent of those who experience sudden cardiac arrest die because they do not receive life-saving therapy within four to six minutes. 3,4 Abhishek Dubewar, Senior Director – Cardiac and Vascular Group, Medtronic Indian Subcontinent says, “Considering the high incidence and prevalence of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in our country, there is an immediate need to increase awareness about CPR which is a powerful tool that takes only 30 minutes to learn and can double or even triple a victim’s chances of survival. With the Mission to alleviate pain, restore health and extend life, we’ve been partnering with experts to impart CPR training across different locations in the country. Our most recent efforts involved educating journalists and health writers about this technique as they can help advance the objective of bringing adequate focus on the SCA menace.”
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the only technique that can save a person suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) outside a hospital. This life-saving medical procedure should be administered on an SCA victim with the purpose of keeping the oxygenated blood flowing through the body in order to keep the vital organs alive. CPR, or cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, is simply a technique to help restart a patient’s non-beating heart. Hands-only CPR can be started instantly and requires the provider to simply push hard and fast in the center of a patient’s chest, approximately 2-2.4 inches in depth. These actions are key in the chain of survival and need to be executed as soon as possible or the victim is likely to die in minutes.
Dr Swadeep Srivastava, Founder Heal Foundation, says, “As per the survey conducted by Lybrate around 98 percent Indians are not trained in the basic life-saving technique of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) during sudden cardiac arrest. 5 In the 7 th Heal Health Writers Convention, we conducted CPR workshop with the support of Medtronic especially for health writers for the first time. Health writers are one of the most important pillar of public health and we are hopeful that this workshop has equipped them with the confidence to perform CPR if the need arises and spread awareness around the same.”
A senior health journalist who attended the workshop said, “Awareness around SCA and CPR is limited in our country. Being a health writer, I was aware of the subject, however, live dummy demonstration was enlightening. The workshop has given me the confidence to perform CPR if the need arises. I believe the experience was similar to my peers. Such workshops should be conducted more frequently so that more and more people can learn the lifesaving technique and contribute to bringing down the number of deaths caused by sudden cardiac arrest.