Event Review: National Life Saving Day 2021

National Life Saving Day (NLSD) – a day we have dedicated to CPR+AED instructors in Singapore, to thank them for their efforts in imparting their life-saving knowledge, and an opportunity for skills development and keep them updated on industry guidelines.

Singapore Heart Foundation marked the annual NLSD on 17 Jan 2021 with a webinar held over Zoom. The event saw 204 CPR+AED instructors from 40 training centres in attendance. We were honoured to have Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Health, Dr Koh Poh Koon as the Guest of Honour.

The 50-min webinar included a presentation on the latest OHCA data by Prof Marcus Ong from UPEC; a presentation on CPR+AED during the COVID-19 pandemic by Dr Mak Koon Hou; and a panel discussion by Ms Jenny Chew, Senior Lecturer at Nanyang Poly School of Health and Social Sciences; Dr Cheah Si Oon, Specialist Emergency Physician; and Senior Counsel Ms Kuah Boon Theng to address the public’s fear of performing CPR+AED on female casualties.

Find out more from the Panel Discussion on Female CPR here:

At the event, SHF introduced the newly developed female CPR manikin vest, which can be fitted on any CPR manikin to give it a more feminine physique. It aims to help CPR+AED learners better understand and practice chest compressions around the female breasts and paste the AED pads with minimal chest exposure. Accredited training centres that attended the webinar will be receiving one vest each as a token of appreciation. SHF will also be using the vest as a training aid in our CPR+AED training programmes.

A big thank you to all CPR+AED instructors for joining us on a Sunday morning and let’s work harder together to build a Heart Safe Nation.

Find out how to perform CPR+AED on a female casualty

Your Heart Still Matters in the Season of COVID-19 by Dr Mak Koon Hou
CPR is an aerosol-generating procedure. The close proximity required for chest compression is indeed a challenge to protect the rescuer and to perform CPR effectively. What precaution is needed when performing CPR during this pandemic? To learn more on how to minimise risks of performing CPR, watch the presentation by Dr Mak Koon Hou.