PHA holds hands-only CPR training in Guimaras

The Philippine Heart Association (PHA) conducts a hands-only CPR training in Guimaras. (Photo by Reymar Latoza)

Almost a thousand people from various sectors in the province of Guimaras took part in a hands-only CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training spearheaded by the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) Western Visayas Panay Chapter.

The CPR on Wheels and Wings (CWW) was held at the Provincial Covered Gym in Jordan on Sunday, September 2.

Dr. Nanette Rey, PHA president, said it is important that everyone knows how to administer hands-only CPR.

PHA president Dr. Nanette Rey

“This helps increase the chances of a person to survive sudden cardiac arrest,” she stressed.

According to Rey, delayed CPR can cause irreversible brain damage. “Kaya dapat you have to start it early.”

She said CPR is a very simple procedure. “Hindi kailangan na nakatapos ka ng college para matutunan mo sya.”

“The first thing to do is to check the patient. If hindi sya responsive, tumawag ka ng tulong. After that, you start the proper chest compression until such a time na dumating ang medical personnel,” Rey explained.

She noted that cardiac arrest remains the leading cause of death in the Philippines.

“Ngayon wala na siyang pinipiling edad. Lahat posibling magsuffer nito,” Rey said.

CWW was conceived by the PHA and the Department of Tourism (DOT).

“Kasama sa ating mga tinuturuan are those from the tourism industry. May participants tayo na mga personnel ng mga resorts and other tourism establishments,” Rey said.

“May mga incidents kasi ng drowning sa mga resorts. Importante na CPR-ready ang personnel,” she added.

Governor Samuel T. Gumarin thanked the PHA for bringing CWW to Guimaras.

Guimaras Governor Samuel Gumarin

He said that only about 40 percent of the tourism establishments in the island-province are CPR-ready.

“With the presence of PHA and the training, I am expecting nga maimprove ang readiness sang aton tourism establishments diri sa health emergencies,” Gumarin, who is also a medical doctor by profession, told reporters.

CWW is the vehicle of the “CPR-Ready Philippines 2021” bid set by the PHA three years ago.

“For the country to become CPR-ready, ang requirement is there should be at least one member in every household who knows how to do hands-only CPR,” Rey said.

The participants were also taught how to use automated external defibrillators (AED).

AED is a “device that checks a person’s heart and delivers an electric shock if it has stopped beating normally.”

Dr. Rhodelyn Besañes-Almeñana, PHA Western Visayas Panay Chapter immediate past president, said the conduct of the training in Guimaras was suggested by lawyer Helen Catalbas, DOT-6 director.

PHA Western Visayas Panay Chapter immediate past president Dr. Rhodelyn Besañes-Almeñana