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First Aid Basics – A Day At St John Ambulance Malaysia

By Alifah Zainuddin | 1 July 2022

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The free two-hour CPR+AED course by SJAM covers cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training. The course takes place every last Sunday of the month from 1pm to 3pm, at the SJAM National Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. It usually caters to about 20-25 participants per session.

Upon arrival, participants are given the DRSABCD Action Plan card. DRSABCD stands for Danger, Response, Shout, Airway, Breathing, Compression, and Defibrillation – a simple seven-step plan used to assess if a person has a life-threatening condition and requires immediate first aid. Its convenient credit card size fits easily into a wallet for quick reference.

The course began with a brief introduction to the history of SJAM and the many different services they provide, including training, ambulance services, hemodialysis, nursing, and mobile clinics. Chew Hoong Ling, SJAM’s national staff officer for training, led the course.

Most participants had no experience in CPR, except for a few who came to refresh their CPR skills and knowledge. However, a significant number said they had prior experience calling the Malaysia Emergency Response Services (MERS) 999.

The course then proceeded to its syllabus: DRSABCD. These acronyms will be our mantra throughout the entire course – first, in theory, then via demonstration, and lastly, through practical training.

“If there’s anything you should remember from today, it’s this action plan,” Chew said.

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