Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, a hand-and-mouth life-saving therapy for people who collapse from cardiac arrest, was the focus of the World Heart Day programmes

Help is ‘at hand’. That was the crisp message that came out of various hospitals on the World Heart Day.

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), a hand-and-mouth life-saving therapy for people who collapse from cardiac arrest, was the focus of the World Heart Day programmes organised by the Heart Care Foundation in association with Lisie Heart Institute and the Kerala Chapter of Cardiological Society of India.

IG of Police K. Padmakumar, inaugurating the programme, said CPR – the basic life support action — should be known to everyone. It could save many lives as there have been many cases where apparently healthy individuals collapsed due to heart failure, he said. As such incidences were on the rise, knowing cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation could come in handy, he said.

On the day, many got their share of hands-on training on the right way to do Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation.

The Indian Institute of Emergency Medical Services gave training to the Student Police Cadets at the Gangotri Hall. There were about 300 cadets from various schools and many employees from the corporate and business segment.

The training was done on dummies and each student was taught how to go about the activity. They were told about the dos and don’ts of CPR to get their act right.

Dr. Babu Palatti, Jacob Mammen and Nihaj Ahammed from Indian Institute of Emergency Medical Services lead the training.

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