First Aid

Miracle at Sunny Bay

Sandro and Philip in good spirits at the hospital on Wednesday, June 12. Photo: Sandro G.

People in Hong Kong who aren’t in a hospital when they are stricken by sudden cardiac arrest face grim odds – with the survival rate estimated at a mere 1 to 3 per cent, according to the Hong Kong College of Cardiology.

Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 9:04pm

Two teenagers drown at Shek O beach

Rescuers retrieve the body of 15-year-old Choi Lai-heng who drowned off Shek O beach yesterday. Photo: SCMP

A night on Shek O beach to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival ended in tragedy on Monday when two boys – aged 15 and 16 - were swept out to sea and drowned. A 16-year-old girl with them was rescued.

The three had swum into the sea and were overpowered by waves at about 8.20am on Monday, before lifeguards started duty.

2 Oct 2012 - 12:30pm 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, September 10, 2012

Defibrillators should be made available. Photo: SCMP

Appalled by treatment at Football Club

My wife and I along with our three young daughters were invited to lunch at the Hong Kong Football Club on Friday, August 31, by a club member.

Shortly after starting lunch at The Coffee Shop, next to the pool, my eldest daughter said she wanted to swim.

10 Sep 2012 - 2:04am 1 comment

How to help someone survive

Professor Yu Cheuk-man, head of Prince of Wales Hospital's Division of Cardiology, says the first three minutes after the heart stops beating is the critical period. Most people who die of sudden death fail to get prompt medical support. "If resuscitation and electrical shock are administered to the patient in a timely manner, there's a 70 per cent survival rate.

21 Aug 2012 - 10:36am

Set to go swimmingly

This year's cross-harbour swim on October 21 will be open to 1,500 participants - 500 more than last year, when the event was restarted after a 33-year break.

The Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association has also shortened the course between Lei Yue Mun and Sai Wan Ho from 1.8 kilometres to 1.5 kilometres.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

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Peter Pilotto's spring-summer prints

Psychedelic and Indonesian inspired.

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Jean Paul Gaultier continues to be inventive.

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Gareth Pugh gets us hot under the collar.

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Too tight bandage dresses

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

'Good Samaritan' law is ill-conceived

I'm writing in response to a proposal to introduce a 'Good Samaritan' law to urge people to be more helpful to others. I totally disagree with this proposal.

First of all, giving a helping hand to someone in need should be a voluntary act. It should come from the heart. It should not be done for some sort of prize.

4 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

If you see someone in trouble ...

You're out on your weekly jog with friends. It's one of your favourite activities. The beautiful scenery coupled with the social atmosphere provides an enjoyable getaway from the bustling city.

You've never been one for artificial things. But Inspiration Lake Recreation Centre, on Lantau Island, is a wonderful sight, even if the 12-hectare lake is man-made.

5 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Shenzhen drafts regulations to protect well-meaning rescuers

Shenzhen may become the first mainland city to give good Samaritans a reason not to be afraid of helping others in need.

New draft regulations were issued on Monday protecting those who help others out of concern for their well-being. Basically, they would be exempted from legal liability for any damage they cause during the rescue effort.

1 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Shenzhen works on first 'Good Samaritan law'

Shenzhen may become the first mainland city to give Good Samaritans a reason not to be afraid of getting into trouble if they help others in need.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Prepare for the worst

Knowledge of first aid is often undervalued by most people until they find themselves needing to use it.

26 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Hospital accused of cover-up

The parents of a 13-year-old boy who died after an operation have accused Tuen Mun Hospital of a cover-up after it released a report on his death.

4 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

What to do about cuts

It's your all-time favourite day of the year - your birthday. You've just blown out the candles. A table lined with gifts are waiting to be unwrapped. The only question you have is: which one should I open first?

26 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Hospital best for poison victims

Gran and Grandpa have gone away and left you in charge of their home - a real house with space and a garden that Gran loves. You've planned it for weeks: a six-man (and woman) Fifa World Cup tournament to decide - once and for all - the greatest football nation.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

City's first aid skills could use some emergency intervention

Most Hongkongers would be at a loss to provide the correct first aid in even the most common emergency situations, according to a Red Cross survey released yesterday.

11 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

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