CPR and AED familiarisation

There have been two casualties of heart failure in NUS in the past year. One staff member failed to revive despite rapid response and first aid application and another did not receive any CPR assistance. NUS regrets their loss and this series of CPR and AED familiarisation is a first step in improving the capability of staff and students.

The AED unit near the Biodiversity Group is located in the loading bay between blocks S2 and S1A. Would I know how to use it effectively? So last Wednesday I attended a CPR and AED familiarisation course. The confidence and efficiency of the class (myself included) increased dramatically during the two hour session. The two 30 minute sessions of practical training with the mannequin and AED device were really helpful!

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The practise sessions were conducted in small groups at a 1:5 ratio with instructors from OSHE, Wellness and a few other places. Collectively the instructors effectively answered all the queries posed, which were certainly varied! It made for a very effective session.

While this is not a first aid course, it equips individuals with enough knowledge to provide proper CPR assistance to family or lab members – the correct administration of CPR pushes blood to the brain in lieu of a pumping heart and improves the chances of victim survival. The complimentary (and not replacement) role of AED was explained and as we practised, we learnt to keep our focus when the AED arrives and is setup. Improper use may not only impede assistance but possibly even contribute additional problems, so this short training is indeed very useful.


Bondi lifeguards apply CPR and use the AED
and you can observe the whole sequence right to recovery position.
And feel the relief when they say, “It’s okay mate…”
and Takahiro Ono remembers his name!
From Bondi Rescue Series 1, Ep 4 (2006);
see also Australian Screen’s Teacher’s Notes.

In the video above, it was lucky the lifeguards all happened to be nearby; it’s used for teaching in many schools now, including this NUS course! For further inspiration, read about Esther Tan’s timely intervention at Holland Village: “Student saves heart attack man in Holland Road,” by Ong Rui Lin. The Electric New Paper, 26th February 2006. ‘I was still shaking back in school’. And read more at “When Hearts Stop: CPR & Defibrillators”.

NUS Staff and students can sign up for a session of the CPR and AED familiarisation course at this webpage.

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