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Saving lives with “Call Call C-C-C!” , everyone can do it!

Saving lives with “Call Call C-C-C!” , everyone can do it!
The Department of Health, Taipei City Government will promote a new training CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) program this year. The goal of this new CPR training program is helping lay people to learn the essential life skills of compression only CPR and AED (automated electrical defibrillator) use. Comparing with the traditional CPR with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation (rescue breathing), compression only CPR is easier to learn and remember and it takes only 90 minutes to complete the course. The Department of Health, Taipei City Government hope that through this new training program, all citizens can perform bystander CPR to increases the chances of survival for the sudden cardiac arrest victims.
According to the statistics provided by Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, Executive Yuan regarding the national top 10 leading causes of deaths: heart disease, previously ranked 3rd, has now become the 2nd, which indicates the numbers of citizens who suffered from sudden cardiac death have gradually increased annually. When someone collapses from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) are essential for any chance of recovery. The AED analyzes the heart rhythm of the victim, and if necessary, a computerized verbal command will instruct the user to press a button to deliver an appropriate shock to restore the normal operation of the heart. Operating these devices are both safe for the user, and the victim.
Studies showed non-medical personnel may be more willing to perform chest-compression-only CPR, as they may not want to do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, especially on strangers. According to a growing body of research showing that bystanders are more likely to perform compression-only CPR on strangers and that it works better than conventional CPR, the Department adopts “short session, easy to understand, easy to memorize” as principles to develop this new CPR training program. It takes only 90 minutes to complete the course and is coordinated with the easily-memorized slogan “call call C-C-C” to encourage the public to learn CPR. This training program also incorporate AED teaching, because studies showed timely CPR plus AED use could significantly enhance the chance of recovery for the SCA victims.
The easily-memorized slogan “call call C-C-C” help people remember the order to perform the steps of CPR. This CPR training program heavily emphasizes the importance of chest compressions to help keep blood flowing through the heart and to the brain. The detailed illustrations are in the following:
“Call” – Tap or shake his or her shoulder and ask loudly, "Are you OK?"
“Call” – If the person doesn't respond, ask the person around you to call 119 and get an AED
“Compress” – Compress the chest
“Compress” – Compress the chest
“Compress” – Compress the chest
When you begin to perform chest compression, you should place the heel of one hand over the center of the person's chest, between the nipples. Place your other hand on top of the first hand. Keep your elbows straight and position your shoulders directly above your hands. Use your upper body weight (not just your arms) as you push straight down on the chest at least 5 centimeters. Push hard at a rate of about 100 to 120 compressions a minute. As long as you are willing to give one a hand to compress the chest as early as possible, his/her life can be saved!
For enhancing the quality of care of emergency medical services in Taipei City and strengthening the chain of survival, the Department of Health, Taipei City Government has urged the city residents to participate the CPR training program for years. However, only 20% adults who had cardiac arrest outside of a hospital received CPR until EMS crews arrived. In recent years, the Department of Health, Taipei City Government advocates placement of AEDs in public places (PAD) and currently there is a total of 89 PADs within Taipei City.Taipei City Government hope that through this new training program and advocating PADs placement, all citizens can perform bystander CPR plus AED use to increases the chances of survival for the sudden cardiac arrest victims in order to achieve the goal of building Taipei as a world class Healthy City.