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The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) has launched a new first aid training programme for those who care for the elderly, as well as diabetic and stroke patients. The six-hour courses will be available once a month to caregivers, at S$10 per trainee.
SINGAPORE: The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) has launched a new first aid training programme for those who care for the elderly, as well as diabetic and stroke patients.
The six-hour courses will be available once a month to caregivers, at S$10 per trainee.
SRC said some 1,400 people in Singapore suffer heart attacks out of hospital every year.
Only 20 per cent of them receive timely cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and only 3 per cent survive.
Paramedics take time to arrive, so the organisation said first aid skills in an urban setting like Singapore can still make the difference between life and death.
Responding to the country's ageing profile, the new first aid programme will focus on the elderly, the diabetic, and stroke patients.
Benjamin William, secretary general of SRC, said: "The elderly face more medical emergencies and challenges, and there are specific things that in particular which elderly people are vulnerable to."
Fatimah Lateef, deputy chair of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Health, said: "For the diabetic elderly patient for example, if there are fluctuations in blood sugar, they might faint, they might go into problems. How do we handle this as a caregiver, as someone who's up close and personal with the elderly? You can do something about it to make a difference, and also perhaps to save a life."
The first class for elderly first aid kicked off on Saturday morning, which is also World First Aid Day.
The S$10 subsidised course fee applies to caregivers who can provide a copy of the identification card of the elderly person they are caring for, who has to be 65 years and older. Without this subsidy, the course fee is S$80.
Courses for caregivers of diabetic and stroke patients will be rolled out in the coming months. Their subsidy details are also being worked out.
Mr William said SRC may consider increasing the frequency of the monthly courses if demand is high.
Besides basic techniques like CPR and bandaging, trainees will also be taught preventive first aid, like tips for preventing strokes and falls.
Trainee Michael Chua said: "It takes a lot to take care of an old person. I've done it with my father before he passed on. This course has definitely more precise information than your standard first aid course."
Such courses are part of efforts by SRC to have a first aider in every home.