HEART Foundation Of Jamaica Marks CPR Week June 18-24
The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) is observing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Week from June 18 to 24 under the theme ‘Prepare, Respond, Revive’.
Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (June 13), Senior Manager for Health Administration at HFJ, Nola Phillpotts-Brown, said the week will focus on the importance of CPR training.
Activities will get under way with the launch of the ‘Everyone’s a Winner’ Road Race at Hope Gardens on June 18.
Representatives from HFJ will engage participants in about 20 minutes of post-race activities to highlight the advantages of knowing CPR.
“We recognise that participants may have witnessed someone who has had a heart episode at an event like that and was in need of CPR,” she said, noting that it is critical for persons to be able to respond in such a situation.
On June 20, HFJ’s team of CPR instructors will conduct demonstrations in Emancipation Park and share information with walkers and joggers about the emergency procedure.
On June 21, there will be a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) workshop at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, which will discuss the screening tool for athletes, among other things.
Mrs. Phillpotts-Brown informed that the SCA screening tool was developed by Director of Emergency Cardiac Care at the HFJ, Dr. Hugh Wong, and Sports Medicine Specialist, Dr. Paul Wright, and was launched in 2013.
“We introduced it in schools, spoke to principals and the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA). They were very receptive, and over the years it has been gathering momentum, especially because of some unfortunate events with some young athletes, which increased persons’ awareness of how critical the importance of the SCA screening is to the health of the athlete,” she noted.
More than 100 participants are expected at the Spanish Court Hotel for the workshop, which is open to sports administrators, umpires, referees, officials and athletes.
The final event will be the mass CPR Training Workshop/CPR Day, which will be held at the HFJ’s offices at 28 Beechwood Avenue on Saturday, June 24.
Interested persons are encouraged to call HFJ at 926-4378.
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