Baguio City wants even non-medical personnel ready to assist in emergencies around the city and has conducted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training for service providers in parks, the city market, recreational and tourists spots. These include maintenance and sanitation personnel, vendors and security personnel.

Training was conducted, for free, by the Philippine Heart Association Baguio-Benguet Chapter (PHA-BBC) at the Notre Dame De Chartres Hospital, according to Sun Star.

The training event is part of a larger project aimed to equip Filipinos with the know-how for CPR - the CPR on Wheels and Wings - towards a CPR-Ready Philippines by 2021, according to PHA.

PHA-BBC President Dr Justina Calibuso  said their goal is the promotion of teaching hands-only CPR for laymen so more people can respond especially during life-threatening emergencies. Another objective is the installation of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in public areas.

AEDs can diagnose cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation, and pulseless ventricular tachycardia. The use of the device is taught in first aid classes. It has audio and visual commands meant for a lay person.

At least 1,000 people participated in the training.

“We are bent on clinching the CPR-Ready Philippine status in 2021 to keep pace with our Asian Neighbors and Western allies that have been reaping the benefits of being CPR-prepared nations for years. Their citizens are CPR-skilled and their strategic public places are equipped with AEDs,” Dr Calibuso was quoted as saying.

Almost 80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests happen outside hospitals, according to the PHA, citing the American Heart Association, yet very few survive because witnesses do not know how to perform CPR.

Immediate administration of CPR increases the chances of survival, and the procedure must begin within 4 to 6 minutes for an injured or ill individual to benefit.

Councilor Elmer Datuin, meanwhile, proposed an ordinance calling for private and public establishments to have employees trained in CPR, and AEDs installed within the premises for use in case of emergency. The City Health Services Office will issue the policies and guidelines. MIMS

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