HCFI and IMA congratulates police PCR van who saved life of a businessman with cardiac first aid

Both HCFI and IMA congratulated the Delhi Police PCR van that saved the life of a businessman in Delhi by the timely implementation of the life-saving technique of hands-only CPR10. Heart Care Foundation of India jointly with the Indian Medical Association, Delhi Red Cross Society and Delhi Police has taken up the challenge of training 100% of the Delhi Police PCR van staff on the life-saving technique of Hands-only CPR 10 by Independence Day 2015. Until now over 7000 police PCR van staff have been trained so far.

Addressing a gathering of over 250 police persons Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal President Heart Care Foundation of India and Honorary Secretary General IMA, said that, “Once 100% training of Delhi Police PCR is completed, they should be able to save atleast one life a day.”

“Hands-Only CPR 10 is an easy to learn and extremely effective life-saving technique. If administered within 10 minutes of death, it can help revive a majority of the sudden cardiac arrest victims. No formal training is required to perform the technique”, added Padma Shri Awardee Dr A Marthanda Pillai, National President IMA.

Past President Medical Council of India Dr Ketan Deasi who was the chief guest for the function said, “Hands only CPR should be mandatory part of a curriculum right in the first year of medical, dental, pharmacy and nursing colleges”.

The correct posture to perform hands-only CPR 10 is to sit on ones knees, lay the victim flat on their back, lock the hands and then start pressing the center of their chest (1.5 -2inches deep) at a speed of 10×10 – 100 a minute. The compressions must not be stopped until the person gets revived or medical help arrives. In drowning victims and children mouth to mouth breathing needs to be added after 30 compressions. In all other situations, Hands only CPR 10 is the most effective.

A sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the electrical conducting system of the heart fails and the heartbeats irregularly and very fast (more than 1000 times, technically called as ventricular fibrillation). Soon after the heart suddenly stops beating and the blood flow to the brain stops. As a result, the person becomes unconscious and stops normal breathing. A cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack, but it may be caused by a heart attack. In most cases, sudden cardiac arrest may be reversible in the first 10 minutes. This is possible because the brain remains alive during this period when the heart and respiration have stopped, a situation called clinical death. To know more or to organize a training camp in your locality, please call the NGO’s helpline number 9958771177.