Over 1200 children trained in cardiac first aid

Padma Shri, Dr. B C Roy National and DST National Science Communication Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India trained over 1200 school children at Mayur Public School, IP Extension, New Delhi, in cardiac first aid including how to revive a dead person after sudden cardiac death.

Dr. Aggarwal said that all school children enrolling for competitive sports including cricket should get a cardiac evaluation done including an ECG.

If any abnormal heart sound or murmur is heard on clinical examination, then an echocardiogram should be done.

In children, even if a child dies during a strenuous exertion, he can be revived if a bystander attempts hand only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Children should also learn CPR 10 because they can also revive other persons with heart attack outside their school arena.

Dr. Aggarwal said that learning CPR 10 involves a special technique which includes CPR Asana and CPR Mudra. CPR Asana is standing on your knees in front of the dead person who is lying on a flat surface and CPR Mudra means straightening hands with no bending of the elbow and compress the centre of the chest of the dead person with a speed of 10×10 i.e. 100 per minute.

Dr. Aggarwal revised the CPR mantra in the form of a chanting to every child in Hindi which says, “Marne ke dus minute ke andar (jitna jaldi utna behtar), kam se kam agle dus minute tak (jitni der tak utna behtar, 10×10=100 ki gati se, apni chhati peetne ke bajaye mare hue aadmi ki chhati peeto”.

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.”