NUH nurse given SCDF awards for separately attending to 2 strangers who had cardiac arrest

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Claudia Tan and her family in an undated photo posing with the two SCDF certificates. (PHOTO: SCDF/Facebook)
Claudia Tan and her family in an undated photo posing with the two SCDF certificates. (PHOTO: SCDF/Facebook)

SINGAPORE — A National University Hospital (NUH) nurse was awarded by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) for attending to two strangers from the same residence who were suffering from cardiac arrest on separate occasions while she was off duty.

The nurse, Claudia Tan Yanhua, was getting ready for work in September last year, when she received an alert on its myResponder app for a cardiac arrest case in a unit just two floors below her own home, the SCDF said in a Facebook post on Thursday (23 July).

Tan, who was then in the third trimester of her pregnancy, “dashed over to render aid”, said the SCDF.

When she arrived at the unit, she saw a man lying motionless on the floor. After assessing that he showed no signs of breathing or pulse, she immediately performed CPR on him.

“SCDF resources arrived shortly after and rendered further medical assistance before conveying him to a hospital. Thankfully, the man survived,” the post added.

The second incident occurred three months later, while Tan was at home during her post-pregnancy confinement. She had received another myResponder alert for a cardiac arrest case in the same unit and went over to the residence “without hesitation”, said the SCDF.

She saw a woman lying motionless, who displayed no signs of breathing or pulse, and immediately performed CPR, it added.

When SCDF resources arrived, she helped to administer intravenous lines on the patient.

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“Unfortunately, the patient did not survive,” said the SCDF. ”For her quick-thinking and selfless acts, (Tan) received SCDF’s Community Lifesaver Award (CLA) and Community First Responder Award (CFRA).”

The myResponder mobile app by the SCDF works by notifying members of the public – also known as Community First Responders – of cardiac arrest and fire cases within 400 metres of their location.

As of March last year, it has more than 40,000 registered respondents with close to 21,000 responses to cases since its launch in 2015.

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