Event Review: National Life Saving Day 2020

To further the Heart Safe mission to improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) survival rate in Singapore, the Singapore Heart Foundation will be giving away 50 AEDs to 50 social service agencies in celebration of our 50th Anniversary.

Prof Tan Huay Cheem, SHF Chairman, announced this at the National Life Saving Day 2020 Symposium on 19 January 2020.

“These agencies were selected based on location where cardiac arrest rates are higher, as well as the number of AED coverage in the area,” said Prof Tan.

Some of the areas with high cardiac arrest cases include Hougang, Sengkang, Jurong and Choa Chu Kang. Priority is also given to small and medium sized agencies, as well as those not equipped with an AED.

The event saw the participation of close to 360 CPR+AED instructors from various healthcare institutions and training centres, who gathered at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre to learn more about the future for CPR+AED.

The Foundation was honoured to have speakers from People’s Association, Singapore Civil Defence Force, Singapore Red Cross Society, SingHealth (which include KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, National Heart Centre Singapore, Singapore General Hospital), Sport Singapore, St John Singapore and Unit of Prehospital Emergency Care who shared various topics related to adult resuscitation, neonatal resuscitation, new devices such as mechanical CPR, drowning and water safety.

There were also two interesting demonstrations on High Performance CPR and Neonatal resuscitation, conducted by the Team from SCDF Jurong Fire Station and SGH’s Neonatal Team respectively.

As 2020 marks the 50th year that SHF has been touching hearts, Prof Tan also recapped in his opening speech the important milestone of our CPR training.

“SHF first got involved in CPR training in 1985, where the then Singapore National Heart Association (SNHA) raised funds with the Rotary Club of Pandan Garden (Singapore) to establish the first CPR training centre out of the hospitals in Singapore.

“We also funded the semi-automatic defibrillators for ambulance service at Singapore General Hospital. The defibrillators were found to be so useful that all hospital ambulances are now equipped with these units,” said Prof Tan.

The first National Life Saving Day took place in 2011 at the Singapore Expo, where we broke a Guinness Record with the largest CPR training involving 7,909 participants.

This year’s Symposium closed with a panel discussion on Building a cadre of First Responders in Singapore. SHF also hosted an appreciation lunch after the symposium to thank our partners for their help in spreading the importance of learning CPR and AED.

Together, we hope to create a Nation of Lifesavers.

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