Philips Taiwan to fund 100 emergency training courses
The China Post news staff
January 20, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Philips Taiwan will sponsor as many as 100 CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) training courses in 2013, according to a press statement recently released by the company.
As part of the project, Philips Taiwan has invited professor Matthew Huei-ming Ma, an attending physician at National Taiwan University Hospital's Department of Emergency Medicine, and other experts to serve as consultants on the courses.
The training will be conducted based on the "321" principle, as suggested by Ma. The "3" refers to three key places where the courses will be conducted, namely public transportation systems, sites for sports and leisure activities, and schools. The "2" represents the two priority fields for the implementation of the courses, namely, enterprises and school campuses. The "1" is for the one complete set of emergency rescue procedures suitable for public training.
Ma said that there an average of around 20,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in Taiwan every year, with only 3 percent of them surviving. Those who do have timely medical care to thank for it.
He cited a survey conducted in April 2012 by the health bureau of the offshore Penghu County as indicating that 80 percent of those polled were willing to give a helping hand to those who suffer an SCA, yet only 2 percent have learned how to perform CPR, and less than 1 percent has taken the CPR/AED training course.
The professor continued that if a patient can receive CPR/AED within one minute of suffering an SCA, the chance of them resuming a regular heart beat is 90 percent. This figure drops to 50 percent if the emergency aid is given within five minutes.
If the SCA patient fails to receive CPR/AED care within 10 minutes then they are very likely to become brain dead, according to Ma.
Over the past 50 years, Philips has set up more than 1 million AEDs around the world to help with the emergency rescue of SCA patients.
The company welcomes local enterprises and schools to register for the implementation of the courses. More information is available at www.philips.com.tw/AED.