I’ve been shuttling between home, school and Tan Tock Seng ICU wards for about 5 days now. Tw’s uncle had a heart attack and was resuscitated only when he reached the hospital, about 1 hour later. How shocking, the ambulance took 1 hour to get him to the hospital (perhaps also due to traffic conditions). And because of that, he has suffered global brain ischemia (lack of oxygen in the brain causing brain damage), and heart failure. It is a miracle in itself that he managed to be resuscitated.
What caused the delay in something so important as bringing a person who had suffered a heart attack to the hospital? Or even making an AED (Automated external defibrillator) available to him?
It’s the call to the ambulance (995).
The bystander witnessing the collapse of a person MUST convey the message that whether he is conscious/unconscious, breathing/not breathing, whether he has heartbeat/no heartbeat.
Do not panic. Not panicking will really help the person who has fallen.
It is of utmost importance, because the ambulances in Singapore prioritize emergency over non-emergency cases. They can take under 15 minutes for emergency cases, but also as long as half an hour for non-emergency cases. All these minutes count.
Plus, knowing the condition of the patient can better prepare the medical personnel to deliver appropriate medical devices to the patient, for example, an AED machine, when they arrive at the scene.
It can really make a huge difference between life and death of a loved one.