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    In March of last year I posted a news paper report of how a lady who collapsed after a heart attack during a shopping trip was brought back to life by effective CPR started by her daughter. Last week ‘The Times’ News paper reported that a dental receptionist in UK helped a dentist to revive a patient in his clinic when he collapsed after a heart attack. The dentist started the CPR and the receptionist rushed in with the defibrillator. There was no pulse even after 15 minutes of resuscitation and shocking the heart. However when the defibrillator was used for the third time the heart started beating again. He was then rushed to the local hospital where he recovered well. Mr Walker, the patient was so impressed that he later said he was going to raise money for local businesses to buy defibrillators.

    Time and time again we should stress the need for everyone to learn how to perform a CPR. If you are in anyway connected with health care be it as a nurse, doctor or paramedical staff you cannot be excused if you did not know how to perform a proper CPR. Medical students should be taught the procedure early during their medical education.

    I hope all general practitioners in India own a defibrillator in their surgery and have taught their staff how to perform a CPR and how to use the defibrillator in an emergency. It is also important that first aiders attached to public places like malls and shopping complexes are taught the procedure with a defibrillator made available nearby (I think this is mandatory in UK).

    There are many “You Tube” presentations on CPR. I have included one here that is fairly straight forward and easy to understand.

    Click to view: http://youtu.be/kpQqqZJIptM


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