QU-CMED holds ‘Hands-Only CPR’ awareness campaign

 10 Apr 2017 - 11:40

QU-CMED holds ‘Hands-Only CPR’ awareness campaign

The Peninsula

Qatar University College of Medicine (CMED) recently organised the “Hands-Only CPR” awareness campaign to commemorate the ‘Heart Saver Month’ initiated by the American Heart Association (AHA).

Organised in collaboration with QU Health Clinic, the event engaged over 131 students, staff, faculty and visitors. Participants had the opportunity to learn the skills of Hands-Only CPR, a life-saving activity that calls people to act in critical situations. They practiced chest compressions on manikins and received instant constructive and corrective feedback.

CMED Professor and Head of Clinical Education Dr Alison Carr praised the organizers and volunteers for their synergy and great efforts that resulted in a successful and valuable initiative. She noted that Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths, recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting.QU Health Clinic Head Dr Hafsa Hashad said: “We are definitely proud to be part of this initiative that serves the vision of the cluster to create a healthier Qatar.”

CMED Lecturer Dr Ayad Al Mosleh said: “By reaching out to people and conveying this important message, we help creating a more aware and safer community. People need to know that their actions can make a difference.” Hands-Only CPR can save lives. As per the AHA, immediate CPR can double or even triple a person’s chances of survival. Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they do not receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene.