For many years, CPR in Australia has been taught
differently by different organisations. Apart from the obvious drawbacks of two
differently-trained first-aiders trying to work together to resuscitate a
patient, every organisation maintained their method was better than their
Now that’s all changed, with Australian first aid organisations
– Surf Lifesaving, Red Cross, Royal Lifesaving, St Johns and so on – agreeing
with the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation Guidelines, with the
training/accreditation/certification changing so that no matter who taught you,
you would work the same as anyone else.
The SILICON CHIP HeartBeat CPR Trainer is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand but delivers the timing necessary for correct CPR.
It has also been very much simplified, in the hope that many
more people will learn CPR and be able to deliver it in an emergency.
A staggering fact is that, even today, less than 10% of sudden
cardiac arrest victims (ie, heart attack) who are unconscious and not breathing
are given CPR – in other words, 90%+ are not given any lifesaving treatment –
because no-one knew what to do!
While it is true that some, perhaps many, of those victims
would not have survived anyway, isn’t it better to know that you have at least
tried to assist instead of helplessly standing by?
A wise old first-aid instructor once told me that badly-done
CPR was infinitely better than perfect watching.