THERE IS LIFE, THERE IS HOPE（Speech Draft）
You learn the driving skills then you can drive a car. You master a foreign language then you can talk to a foreigner. Perhaps you have already acquired a lot of skills, but I beg you to learn one skill which may be not used during your whole life but benefits you a lifetime. It’s an important skill for saving life------CPR.
CPR means cardiopulmonary resuscitation. It is an emergency life saving procedure which consists of chest compressions and mouth to mouth respiration, so that blood with enough amount of oxygen is circulated to all important organs of the body especially the brain. The brain may sustain damage after blood flow has been stopped for about 4 minutes and irreversible damage after about 7 minutes. Therefore, in general CPR is effective only if performed within 7 minutes of the stoppage of blood flow. Time is life. The earlier you give CPR to a person in a heart attack, the greater the chance of a successful resuscitation.
I remember on the 17th of February this year, a white collar worker fainted and died at the exit of the subway at Shekou in Nanshan District. Before the ambulance arrived, nobody tried to rescue her in her last 50 minutes. 3 days later, on the highway in Miami, an ordinary woman rescued a 5-month-old baby successfully with CPR skill which she learned 7 years before.
What does it indicate? Let me show you some data. It is reported that in US, 50 million people have got the CPR training. It means one in four people can do it. And every year about 9 million people take part in the training. By contrast, only 10 million people in our country got the training. It means one in 130 people master it. And most of them are medical workers, policemen and firefighters. Because of that, the survival rate of heart attack patients is only 7.92 percent in our country, far behind the developed countries which have 60 percent. So the popularity of the CPR training in our country is much lower than the developed countries.
Perhaps some people believe that only medical works need to know it. There are some psychological barriers for them to start CPR, including fear of doing something wrong, lack of knowledge, and worry about contracting infection. But cardiac arrest can happen anytime and without warning. In our country, there are 540,000 people died of it each year. It means one person will die of it per minute. According to research, about 90 percent of cardiac arrests occur in homes. So it’s likely the victim needing help will be a loved one. Would you prefer saving your beloved with your hands or just holding her tightly with tears?
Actually the penetration rate of CPR often indicates the level of civilization in the urban areas. Shenzhen, as an international metropolis, should provide a safety and healthy life condition for all the citizens. It doesn’t only depend on medical system or police force. It depends on everyone. I suggest that all civil servants, students, police officers, community residents can undergo standardized CPR training.
Your hands are incredible; they can do so many things. They can create, communicate, entertain, build, nurture and sustain. Your hands can also give life, through CPR.
(Tang Lizhen, from Shekou People’s Hospital)