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The Future Of Everyone

#OneNorthFestival2019

I was thrilled to discover that the theme for One-North Festival 2019 (13-14 September), was The Future Of Everyone. Organised by A*STAR, the One-North Festival is an annual celebration of research, innovation, creativity and enterprise. This year, my DARE team had a coveted booth in this prestigious festival to teach CPR & AED skills. In addition, I was invited to speak about my experience in tech & healthcare. [Read on…]

Resuscitation For Children With Cardiac Arrest

Educating The Community About Resuscitation

Last Friday I leapt out of bed before daybreak, in anticipation of my presentation at the CEO-CMB Forum. I had 15 minutes to discuss resuscitation for children with cardiac arrest. Why is this ground-breaking? For the past five years, my team has been industriously promoting DARE, a community education programme. However that focuses on resuscitation for adult victims of cardiac arrest. We even launched an app to teach this because At The Heart of The Matter, whatever reaches the largest audience works. [Read on…]

Speaking At A Chinese Conference About Cardiac Arrest

Telephone-Assisted CPR

One the coolest things to share with my Chinese audience is our successful dispatcher-assisted CPR story. Essentially, our cardiac arrest survival rates doubled when the emergency dispatchers stayed on the line to coach CPR while the ambulance was on its way.

AEDs Everywhere

At the same time, I was proud to recount to these Chinese professors tales of how we populated the country with AEDs. Other than having them in schools, we also have them in government flats and public spaces.

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Kindergarten Kids Dare To Save A Heart

DARE X My Little Campus Bishan

Whomever thinks that kids are too young to learn CPR, hasn’t seen kindergarten kids dare to save a heart. On 30th October, my team and I visit My Little Campus on Bishan Street 23. On my way over, I’m delighted to find an AED at the nearby lift lobby.

As my team sets up, I wonder how the session will go. Recently, I had taught a small group of young parents and kids How We Save A Heart Together in a mall and that had gone very well. However that was an intimate session with only accompanied kids. Today I am expecting 40 Kindergarten 1 & 2 kids without their parents. Hence we decide to start by reading from my book, How We Save A Heart, and take it from there. [Read on…]

How We Save A Heart Together

How We Save A Heart

When we unveiled our DARE app in May, we also launched the accompanying children’s book. Called “How We Save A Heart”, the book is key to our campaign At The Heart of The Matter. After all if we teach children to be brave & kind, they might grow up free of fears many adults currently have that hinder them from starting CPR. Hence, when Mummyfique invited me to speak to parents & children about the DARE app & book, I accepted gladly. [Read on…]

Dare To Save A Life

At the Heart of the Matter

About Cardiac Arrest

Mahna Mahna

I grew up watching The Muppet Show. One of my favourite skits is a song-and-dance with the refrain “Mahna Mahna”, that ends with an old muppet philosophising, “The question is, what is a Mahna Mahna?” His buddy cantankerously retorts, “The question is, who cares?” I couldn’t help but think about this as I reflected upon DARE. DARE is our community education campaign that teaches laypeople to resuscitate victims of cardiac arrest, launched 2 weeks ago at Toa Payoh HDB Hub. I wondered, who cares enough to be a part of this movement. [Read on…]

Grab drivers and partners to be trained in DARE

We are delighted that as part of Grab’s measures to bolster health and safety for their staff and partner drivers, Grab aims to train 500 of their drivers and partners with CPR and AED skills.

And yes that is what we do best! Now, more lives can potentially be saved when everyone is equipped with this life-saving skill.

[Sources:-]

  1. Straits Times
  2. Zaobao
  3. Berita Harian

How to perform CPR and use an AED

Watch Dr Jade Kua, DARE Programme Director, demonstrate how to perform CPR and use AED on cardiac arrest victims!

[Source: Zaobao]

DARE to save a life with new app

The DARE team made their presence felt on 26 May 2018 at the Toa Payoh Hub when they set up a roadshow to educate members of the public on what they can do in a cardiac arrest situation.

The carnival was graced by the Guest of Honour Mr Amrin Amin, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health. It saw the launch of the DARE app, an educational tool to equip users with knowledge on CPR+AED. The public also had the opportunity to try first hand on delivering chest compressions on a manikin.

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[Sources:-]

  1. Straits Times
  2. Lianhe Zaobao (1)
  3. Lianhe Zaobao (2)
  4. Berita Harian
  5. Tamil Murasu
  6. SHAPE
  7. MoneyFM 89.3FM (podcast)

Anatomy of A Letter

Super excited to have my letter about CPR education published in the Straits Times Forum page yesterday https://www.straitstimes.com/forum/letters-in-print/teaching-the-masses-cpr and thought I would break it down and explain what that was all about.

What is a cardiac arrest?

It’s difficult to appreciate this statement if you don’t realise what a cardiac arrest is. A cardiac arrest happens when the heart suddenly stops altogether. This could be caused by a massive heart attack which happens when the coronary vessels of the heart are blocked by too much plaque from sickness like high cholesterol. But cardiac arrest can also happen when something goes wrong with the electrical circuit in the heart, even in previously fit, healthy youths. [Read on…]