CPR literacy among Malaysians still low

KOTA KINABALU: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) literacy among Malaysians are still low as compared to developed countries, said Sabah Heart Safe chairperson Dr Shazharn Zain.

“In Malaysia, the awareness of the importance of CPR education is still lacking compared to most developed nations where CPR literacy in the community can reach up to 20 per cent.

“A sudden cardiac arrest victim still has a high chance of being revived if resuscitation is carried out as soon as possible after the heart stops,” he said, adding the survival rate for collapsed victim could reach over 75 per cent.

Dr Shazharn added that when sudden cardiac arrest occurs, the heart stops beating and if no CPR is carried out immediately, all organs In the body start to suffer damage within minutes.

He said it is crucial that CPR is performed during the first four minutes after cardiac arrest occurs can mean the difference between life and death.



This prompted me to have a study among Malaysians on CPR literacy. The simple questionnaire is available at www.tiny.cc/cpraed

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