To treat cardiac arrest patients more quickly, Temasek Foundation partnered with the Singapore Civil Defence Force on the Enhanced AED-on-Wheels programme to equip more Community First Responders (CFRs) with AEDs.
Every minute counts when it comes to saving individuals who suffer from cardiac arrest. According to the Singapore Heart Foundation, the survival rate of a person with cardiac arrest increases by as much as 50 per cent when promptly treated with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
175 CFRs, comprising civilian drivers with private vehicles, will be provided with AEDs over a three-year period from 2022. With AEDs in their vehicles, these CFRs can respond quickly to cardiac arrest cases near them, thereby improving the person’s chances of survival. Chin Kai (pictured above) has been a CFR for five years. He encourages everyone to get trained in CPR to save lives.