"This picture [on the right] was taken at OBA = Ostschweizer
Bildungsaustellung (Educational Fair for the regions of Eastern
Switzerland, held from August 21 to 25, 1997, at the Olma Exhibition
Halls in St. Gallen, Switzerland). OBA featured more than 100
professions and attracted approximately 17,000 visitors. The
goal of OBA was to help schools and their students (mostly 12-20
years old) in the selection of a profession. However, OBA was
also attended by adults thinking of a career change. A big booth,
set up by the Department of Health, featured various career
possibilities in the health service industry.
REA 2000* was a location of particular interest to the visitors.
They could practice the basics of cpr, ventilation and chest
compressions, under the guidance of REA 2000 personnel on 4
AMBU Manikins. Ventilation was taught with four Oxylator®
EM-100 devices hooked up to an air compressor. Successful ventilation
was performed by most participants during their first attempt
after minimal instructions and was mastered by children as young
as eight years old!"
9007 St. Gallen
*REA 2000 is an educational programme organized and taught by
The Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen (Kantonsspital St. Gallen),
Tel: (41) 071 494 16 65
Fax: (41) 071 494 63 89
for the purpose of teaching cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (cpr).
Various cpr courses, tailored to the knowledge of the student,
are taught to a wide spectrum of the population ranging from
physicians to lay people with the goal of improving the 'chain
of survival'. Each member of the REA 2000 team that either teaches
or has contact with patients has successfully passed the mandatory
BLS course. Scientific evidence on a global basis overwhelmingly
shows that the chance of survival of a cardiac arrest victim
is greatly improved when all the elements of the 'chain of survival'
can be implemented and performed in a timely manner. Cpr is
a vital link in this chain.