This year’s Project Heart was held on 12 Oct 2019, in conjunction with the World Restart A Heart initiative, a global initiative to increase awareness of bystander CPR’s importance and increase bystander CPR rates worldwide; and the Survivor Awards Singapore 2019. The event was co-hosted by the Singapore Resuscitation and First Aid Council (SRFAC) and the Unit for Pre-hospital Emergency Care (UPEC). The event was graced by Guest of Honour, Mr Zainal Bin Sapari, Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, who also launched our new AEDs in Primary Care Clinics initiative.
Launch of the AED Primary Care Initiative
AEDs are commonly installed in the community, including housing estates, condominiums, community centres and shopping malls. However, less than 10% of General Practices (GPs) are equipped with an AED within their clinic, though they are a good resource for medical emergencies in the community. Through this initiative, we hope to equip at least 50 GP clinics with an AED. To encourage more participation, SHF will provide 2 complimentary BCLS+AED certification training for each AED installed.
Survivor Awards Singapore 2019
In conjunction with World Restart A Heart Day, SHF supported the Unit for Pre-hospital Emergency Care’s (UPEC) Survivor Awards Ceremony in recognising and appreciating laypersons and pre-hospital providers for their outstanding efforts in resuscitating cardiac arrest victims.
Cardiac arrest survivors and their families were invited to the ceremony to show their appreciation for those who had helped to resuscitate them. Close to 30 heroes received Certificates of Commendation, presented by the out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) survivors they saved. They include bystanders, dispatchers, fire fighters and paramedics.
Singapore Book of Records
SHF set a new Singapore Book of Records for achieving the largest record of 662 participants certified in a CPR and AED Certification Training with a Quality CPR feedback system.
The new system Brayden Pro “manikin technology” provide trainees with real-time feedback and allows a more accurate assessment of the CPR administered with a detailed post-CPR training summary with quantitative data of the key CPR parameters outlined in the SRFAC guidelines, such as compression depth, compression rate and hand position.
Dr Chee Tek Siong, Organising Chairman of Project Heart 2019 shared, “More than 2,500 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur every year in Singapore. For every minute that nothing is done to resuscitate the victim, their chance of survival drops by 7 to 10%. Therefore, it is vitally important that more Singaporeans are equipped with the knowledge and skills to perform effective CPR+AED, to respond when needed.”