15 Jan '12, 10am

S'pore breaks world record for largest AED training session

S'pore breaks world record for largest AED training session

SINGAPORE: Some 5,000 people broke the record on Sunday for the world's largest Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training session. The feat though comes, with a serious message - that learning how to use the AED can save lives. January 15 marks the second National Life Saving Day in Singapore. Joining in the effort to raise awareness was Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, who also tried his hand at using the AED. Each year, some 1,400 people collapse out-of-hospital in Singapore. But only about 20 per cent receive CPR within the first few minutes of collapse. Most also do not get the AED used on them in those vital first few minutes. Studies show that the use of CPR and the AED can increase survival rates of cardiac arrest patients by more than 50 per cent. The event was organised by the Singapore Heart Foundation, the National Resuscitation Council and supporting partner...

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