Session on Basic Life Support

With the objective to raise awareness on cardiac ailments and train people on how to respond to medical emergencies, Fortis Anandapur in association with Shikshaytan Foundation organized a session on Basic Life Support Training for students, school teachers and staff members today. More than 100 participants attended the session which was organized on the occasion of World Heart Day (September 29, 2022)

Shikshayatan Foundation & its 4 units Shri Shikshayatan School, Shri Shikshayatan College, Marwari Balika Vidyalaya, Calcutta Business School’s, faculty and staff members attended the session.

The session aimed to educate participants on how to handle serious health situations in case of medical emergencies. Over 100 participants from various schools and colleges were trained by Dr. Arijit Sil, Consultant, Emergency Medicine and the Nursing team. It also included a session on Cardiopulmonary Recitation (CPR) technique which is a lifesaving technique useful in cardiac emergencies. It is performed to manually revive the heart’s pumping ability, thereby restoring brain functionality until further measures are taken to restore blood circulation and breathing in a person who has had a sudden cardiac arrest.

Speaking about the importance of BLS skills, Dr. Arijit Sil, Consultant, Emergency Medicine said, “Being aware about Basic life support training skills is crucial as it educates us to save lives in case of critical medical emergencies such as cardiac arrest, stroke and other serious health ailments. CPR, especially if administered immediately after cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. About 90 percent of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die.”

Speaking about the importance of CPR, Dr. Shuvanan Ray, Director, Cardiologysaid, “CPR training is very crucial because it can save lives in cases of cardiac arrest. Since a doctor cannot always be present, CPR should be performed by a bystander who is present or close. Therefore, learning CPR is essential as it enables to save a life in any cardiac emergency.”

Shikshayatan Foundation, Secretary GeneralBratati Bhattacharya said, “We are happy to associate with Fortis Hospital who have taken the initiative and trained the youth for BLS. The main aim of basic life support session is to save lives. People with these skills have the capacity to recognize health emergency situations early enough, and offer the necessary help to the victims. We hope to continue this practice in future for any emergency”

The guidelines on provision of BLS are laid down by professional medical bodies. The guidelines outline processes for the management of a number of conditions, such as cardiac arrest, choking, drowning etc.

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