The Save-A-Life Initiative is an ambitious undertaking by Singapore Heart Foundation in collaboration with the Singapore Civil Defence Force to improve Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) survival rates. Cardiac arrest is a serious condition and every year, over 2,400 persons suffer Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) in Singapore, half of whom are below 60 years old.
Every minute after OHCA has occurred, the chances of survival drops by 7%-10% without any intervention. In 2016, the OHCA survival rate in Singapore was 21.3%. The key to improving the chance of survival is for bystanders to start Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as soon as possible and get an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to shock the heart back to a normal rhythm.
When cardiac arrest is witnessed, the immediate application of CPR and AED has led to survival rates as high as 50%! The R-AEDi project was conceived with the goals of raising the bystander CPR rates and public AED usage by increasing awareness and providing verified AED location information for the public.
The R-AEDi Project consists of 3 key components:
1) Alerting volunteers to nearby cardiac arrest cases via the “myResponder” mobile app
2) Building a National Registry of Publicly Accessible AEDs
3) Building an Electronic Registry of Members of the Public trained in CPR
Download the “myResponder” mobile app and get notified of nearby cardiac arrest cases.
The first Automated External Defibrillator (AED) guide for AED owners in Singapore, proudly published by the Singapore Heart Foundation & Singapore Civil Defence Force
An AED is a lightweight, portable device that delivers a shock through the chest to the heart.