Aster Medcity today successfully organized a unique community initiative by successfully training 1000 student cadets in Basic Life Support. The BLS training program to teach essential life saving skills was held at the IMA hall and organized by Aster Medcity jointly with the Aster Sick Kids Foundation (ASK) ,which strives to provide every child with an equal opportunities to avail world class healthcare irrespective of their social strata, IMA, Ernakulam and the Kochi City Police. Dr Varghese Cherian presided at the function.
Inaugurating the program, A R Prem Kumar, Dy.Commissioner of Police , Kochi City, A L Rajesh, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Kochi City, Dr P C Alexander, Patron ASK Foundation, Dr. Venugopal P.P, Director Emergency Medicine , Aster DM Healthcare, Mr Vinod Y R, Chief Business Development Officer, Aster Medcity, Latheef Kasim, Manager Aster DM Foundation, Mr Chanchal Gangadharan, Branding AGM, Aster Medcity were among those participated.
The entire training program proceeded like clockwork. What seemed like an impossible task of training 1000 students was made possible by the use of 50 model training stations with necessary equipments and manned by trained Emergency Medical Service staff from Aster Medcity set up at the IMA premises.
Ms Santy Sajan, Chief Operating Officer – Aster Medcity, Kochi explained, “CPR is easy to learn and it’s a skill that everybody should have. Each station provided practical training to 20 students simultaneously, enabling training to be imparted to 1000 students in 3 hours. The training equipped the students with basic CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) and life support skills.”
CPR is a life-saving technique that is used during when the heart stops beating in medical conditions such as a severe heart attack, drowning, electric shock, poisoning, overdose and serious injury. The earlier CPR is started, the more the chances of success. Timely CPR increases the time available for medical responders to arrive or for the patient to reach the hospital and receive advanced care, and helps saves lives.