How Basic Life Support Training can help you save lives

You too can save a life. And for this you don’t need a medical degree. Simple knowledge about ‘Basic Life Support’ (BLS) techniques can go a long way in saving lives in emergency situations. Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Yeswanthpur conducted a session of BLS Training program for new police recruits at the Traffic Training Institute of Police in January earlier this year. Around 30 police personnel from the city took the first step in being Good Samaritans by learning the much needed basic life-saving steps in case of any road traffic accident or other emergencies.

“Traffic policemen are usually the first to reach an accident spot. Providing basic life support during the golden hour can help in preventing pre-hospital deaths from injuries if there is a delay in receiving hospital treatment or medical care. Hence, it is extremely crucial that traffic policemen are well aware of basic life support techniques and can handle an emergency before the ambulance reaches the spot,” said Ms. Kanchan Sanyal, Chief of Medical Services, Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Yeshwanthpur.

Speaking to the new recruits at the Traffic Training Institute of Police Dr. Firozahmad H. Torgal, Consultant Emergency Medicine, Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Yeshwanthpur said, “Mostly the steps we take in haste while attending to an emergency, makes a deep-rooted impact in saving the life of the patient. Thus it is vital for all to learn the ‘Basic Life Support’ (BLS) techniques, so that we can take the right measures when required. These are simple steps like early recognition and initiating chest compression in cardiac arrest or protecting cervical spine with c-collar in Road traffic accident victims and for this you don’t need to be an expert in medicine to take these lifesaving steps.”

This training will help them to learn special skills required to deal with emergencies faced by accident victims. Skills to perform Cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) through chest compression, maintaining accident victims breathing by providing appropriate rescue breaths, relieving choking, etc can help increase chances of survival and hence save many lives. Trained doctors from the hospital will use videos, practice demos, presentations; etc. to impart these skills and the participants can get hands on experience as well.

With this Columbia Asia Hospitals has trained around 10000 people in BLS Training. Though it is important for Traffic Police to be familiar with basic life support, we think it is important for everyone to be well acquainted with it. Don’t wait for an accident to happen. Do reach out to the ERT teams in your office to conduct basic training. In case you live in an apartment clock, do ask your association to reach out to organizations that can conduct the training.

Dr. Vikram Venkateswaran

Management Thinker, Marketer, Healthcare Professional Communicator and Ideation exponent

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