Kiss of life – to do or not to do
How would you react when someone just suddenly collapse and become unconscious and that you have attended a CPR training before? You can just ignore or walk away actually as it is not a law yet in Brunei (and most of other countries) to perform CPR as I was told. But as human, I am sure we would all feel guilty inside us for not helping the victim. The first four minutes after unconsciousness is vital to save the victim’s life so you have to react fast and remains calm.
A real-life story that I heard was when an old man suddenly fell down at the Taman in Bandar and the place was crowded with people celebrating. No one knew what to do with the old man lying on the ground, unconscious. Some even panicked. One man suddenly appeared from the crowd surrounding the old man and performed a CPR. When the paramedics arrived, the rescuer left the scene. The old man actually suffered from a stroke.
I had the opportunity to under-go a basic CPR course previously at the National Resuscitation Centre in Ong Sum Ping. The centre is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health. CPR is by the way, the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
Read more on what CPR is here.
My guess was that not many Bruneians are aware on the importance of CPR and I was right. As informed by the staff at the centre, they are trying to achieve the centre’s goal whereby each household in Brunei to have at least one person with a CPR knowledge. At the moment, they are giving free trainings and even come with a certificate for those who pass the written and practical exam. They might start to charge as from next year they said. The centre’s staff said that they do receive request to conduct the CPR training from NGOs and private institution from time to time.
Among the issues highlighted at the training I attended was the risk of infection where internal body fluids such as saliva can be passed to the victim from the rescuer or vice versa during the ‘kiss of life’ process. Another issue was that the victim might sue the rescuer for improper saving technique. Hmm that could be tricky isn’t it?