Bystander CPR training should be compulsory in school

The Government of India should make bystander cardiology pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) 10 training mandatory in elementary schools. CPR training should also be mandatory when getting a driving licence.

Quoting a Denmark initiative published in October issue in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Padma Shri, Dr. B C Roy National Awardee & DST National Science Communication Awardee, Dr. K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India and Sr National Vice President Indian Medical Association said that with the initiatives taken by the Denmark Government, the percentage of out of hospital cardiac arrest that involved bystander CPR more than doubled from 21.1% to 44.9% over a 10–year period. Following that trend there was a significant improvement in survival at 30 days and at one year. When the bystander CPR rate is less than 21%, the 30–day survival rates are below 6%.

Dr. Aggarwal said that ever since CPR 10 programme has been initiated in Delhi by Heart Care Foundation of India, the number of survivals by the bystander has increased. We are getting success stories, which is a good trend, he further added.

About HCFI : The only National Not for profit NGO, on whose mega community health education events, Govt. of India has released two National Commemorative stamps and one cancellation stamp, and who has conducted one to one training on” Hands only CPR” of 86664 people since 1st November 2012.

The CPR 10 Mantra is – “Within 10 minutes of death, earlier the better; at least for the next 10 minutes, longer the better; compress the centre of the chest of the dead person continuously and effectively with a speed of 10×10 i.e. 100 per minute.”