Sudden Cardiac Arrest Project focusing on community outreach
SCAP has already started ongoing educational efforts.
Regal Development Solutions, Caribbean Health Solutions and Coverley Health and Wellness Divisions have collaborated to launch the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Project (SCAP), aimed at ensuring at least one person in each household in Barbados is trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
The SCAP initiative, which was officially launched last month, will be rolled out in three phases. Phase one will look at tackling policy makers and legislators, phase two will involve corporate companies with a special focus on safety and health committees and phase three involves community outreach.
Dionne Licorish, Manager at Regal Development Solutions, said the goal is to have one person in each household trained in administering CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators (AED) by the year 2020. She also noted it would be ideal to have these life-saving devices available in public places such as malls, gyms and theatres.
“I know for a fact that we are behind the rest of the developed Caribbean in terms of the number of units that we have in public places. In fact places like Bermuda, Turks and Caicos and Bahamas, they are very far ahead of us in terms of the number of units that are placed strategically in public places. This is an area we want to see improved as a tourist destination, especially as we lead into the next tourist season.”
She also said the SCAP initiative will be able to raise awareness of and prevention of non-communicable diseases and although the project is a “tremendous undertaking” it will certainly work out well for the average Barbadian. Licorish added the community outreach aspect of the project has already begun to target schools and will also include pop up shops and flash mobs across the island.
“This is probably going to be the most exciting part of the program because we will have public simulations whereby people can see someone collapsing and what you do in a situation like that. So it’s an exciting time ahead.”
Licorish also said they have decided to develop a program targeting summer camps in order to raise interest in CPR techniques and general health. She adds that they have seen a good response to the initiative and it is hoped that the campers will encourage other family members to be trained in CPR.