In the most useful in-camp training yet, I successfully completed all requirements of the ‘Home Team First Aid with Basic Cardiac Life Support and CPR + Automated External Defibrillator’ course, together with about 40 other participants.
As part of certification, we had to do CPR on a high-tech dummy with an embedded metal structure simulating the human ribs. And my, it was tough. After just 5 cycles of 30 compressions and 2 breaths each, I had to wipe beads of perspiration off my forehead while catching my breath. This test, one of many, was conducted in a freezing cold room, by the way.
The AED training is useful. I finally had the opportunity to get acquainted with the machine that works hand in hand with CPR to increase victims’ chance of survival.
In Singaporean style, there is an acronym for everything (to help make sense of the world around us). Keep ‘DRSABC’ in mind, while you watch this CPR+AED video uploaded by SCDF.
D – Check for Danger
R – Check for Response – Tap victim’s shoulders firmly and seek a response
S – Shout – Get someone to call 995, and another to get an AED
A – Airway – Open the victim’s airway and…
B – Breathing – …check for signs of breathing and pulse
C – Compressions – If ‘B’ isn’t present, start CPR.
Go get yourself certified!