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Mayor: City to Implement CPR Training Program in Senior High Schools

Mayor Ko Wen-je pledged to increase the percentage of Taipei’s population who are equipped with the skills to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) in a city boasting sound emergency medical services (EMS). He made the remarks during a “Chain of Survival” award ceremony held by the Fire Department on February 18.

According to the mayor, Taipei is one of the places with remarkable CPR success rates thanks to its high population density that contributes to fast response to medical emergencies.

Ko took the opportunity to express his gratitude to those involved in the emergency medical system, from firefighting staff to hospital workers, without whose effort the city could not have achieved an outstanding performance in boosting survival rates. In 2015 alone, the number of people saved equals the number of people saved over the previous two years combined.

The mayor reckoned, however, that statistics show only 36 percent of the city’s population have received CPR training. In light of this, he set out an objective to require Taipei’s senior high schools to provide CPR training in health courses.

As Fire Department pointed out, out-of-hospital Chain of Survival refers to a series of actions that help reduce mortality resulted from cardiac arrest, including (1) immediate recognition and activation, (2) early CPR, (3) rapid defibrillation, (4) effective advanced life support, and (5) Integrated post-cardiac arrest care. The concept was proposed by American Heart Association in 1992.