Kingston, Jamaica (McKoy’s news) – CPR Training Saves Lives: The Heart Foundation of Jamaica, the HFJ is calling on Jamaicans to have training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, CPR which could result in them saving a life.
Director of Emergency Cardiac Care at the HFJ Dr. Hugh Wong said that everyone should have CPR skills which he noted was easily learnt.
He stressed that the life you save is likely to be someone close, like a spouse, a neighbour or a colleague.
Dr. Wong said studies show that in cases of sudden cardiac arrest, where CPR is administered, the survival rate is about 50 percent.
He said that without CPR, the death rate is almost 100 percent.
Dr. Wong; who is also a Consultant Physician in Emergency Medicine at the Kingston Public Hospital, was speaking at the observation of CPR Week scheduled for June 18-24 under the theme “Prepare, Respond, Revive”.
Institutions that provide training in CPR include the HFJ, University of Technology, UTech, University of the West Indies, UWI, Northern Caribbean University, NCU and Health, Education and Counselling Institute, HECOIN.
Contributed by Dr. Colin O Jarrett