YCPR is a Youth CPR Campaign that aims to engage and empower the Youth of Mumbai to help save lives within their communities. The goal is to create a city-wide network of CPR trained Youth and CPR aware citizens.Youth Power: The probability of the youth being at hand is 40%, thus doubling the favourable chance of human survival. This Youth network will in turn impart awareness and train the communities they live in. Initial focus is on training high school students. Mumbai is bursting at its seams and the city’s emergency medical infrastructure cannot keep pace. A CPR trained Youth Force in Mumbai is a much needed public health initiative.
WHY LEARN YCPR?
Cardiac arrests are more common than you think, and they can happen to anyone at any time. CPR (Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation) is the process of artificially maintaining blood circulation to the brain when the heart stops beating due to heart attacks, accidents, drowning, choking, electrocution, poisoning etc. According to the current AHA guidelines, if CPR is started within 10 seconds of a patient being unresponsive for 3-4 minutes and defibrillation within 10 minutes, then the rate of survival is increased by 40 percent. Hence CPR, if administered immediately, can save almost 1 in 2 victims. India’s cities have good medical facilities, but how do you get there on time in the event of a cardiac arrest? Therefore, bystander CPR training is of prime importance in India, which has such a high incidence of heart disease. By 2020, India will have 60 percent of the world’s heart patients (WHO report). Thousands of precious lives are lost every year due to cardiac arrests or accidents that occur at home, workplaces, schools and on roads unexpectedly. In such emergencies, almost always NO proper medical help is available on time. But ‘helpless’ onlookers CAN be trained to administer timely bystander CPR. Once trained, ANYONE can save a life!
WHO CAN YOU SAVE WITH YCPR?
The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be of a loved one. Four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home. If called on to administer CPR in an emergency, the life you save is likely to be someone at home: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend. CPR training is also essential for parents of small children and teachers as children may collapse due to choking, falls, accidents at play and sunstroke. With work related deaths on the rise, the need of this training in workplaces is very essential, as it will increase workplace safety, security and consequently productivity. CPR & First Aid Training should be made mandatory.