In one study, a cardiac arrest victim is likely to be given CPR from bystanders in the city’s ethnic Chinese neighborhoods.
Victims of cardiac arrest
in public can be given prompt CPR from bystanders in the Chinese neighborhoods.
The chances of surviving a cardiac emergency without sustaining brain damage is
relatively high if it occurs within 2.7 kilometers of a healthcare facility. In
the study, there is a higher survival rate in areas of the west side, east and
southeast Vancouver which are areas that are not close to healthcare facilities.
Why bystander CPR is vital
According to lead researcher
David Barbic, an emergency room physician at St. Paul’s Hospital, the
bystanders who are willing to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are
those in predominantly Chinese neighborhoods.
There is also a higher
rate of survival without sustaining any brain damage in other areas such as
Strathcona, Kitsilano and across central Richmond.
Barbic added that areas
with the highest rate of bystander CPR occur in neighborhoods that are ethnically
Chinese. There is likelihood that the Chinese community in Vancouver is more
receptive to perform CPR in public.
Eagerness to learn
According to instructor
Peter Ko, in the past 20 years, the interest of the Asian community in first
aid training has been strong. At present, the courses are taught in Mandarin or
Cantonese every month in Richmond and Vancouver. He added the some enroll for work
purposes but majority are eager to know what to do during emergencies. These
people have either witnessed an accident or have an old family member or neighbor
and want to help.
The Chinese community
organizations especially involved in church have taken in interest in getting CPR
Generally, it takes
some time for an ambulance to arrive on the scene, usually within 8 minutes in
urban regions. If the heart of an individual ceases to beat, you should perform
CPR to save his/her life. When people are familiar with the steps, they are
more willing to try.
Prompt delivery of CPR
significantly increases the survival rate by 2-3 times.
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