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Updated: April 7, 2013 12:13 IST

‘About 1.15 lakh people die due to cardiac arrest every day in the world’

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The mortality is increasing due to lack of awareness on Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation

Did you know about 1.15 lakh people die due to cardiac arrest every day in the world.

The mortality was increasing due to lack of awareness on Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), nearly 5.8 crore people are dying due to heart stroke in the world in a year.

Doctors and the public need to acquire knowledge on CPR, an emergency procedure to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing for a patient, during cardiac arrest.

Speaking at the inauguration of the two-day training and certification programme for doctors and nurses on Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) here on Saturday, doctors opined that 50 per cent of the patients can be saved, if proper first aid (CPR) is given in time.

The programme was organised by Ramesh Hospitals.

Director General of Siddhartha Medical College, C. Nageswara Rao, said that CPR was existing since several decades and surgeons taught the first aid process during his visit to USA in 1960s. But, many doctors are not practising CPR in India now.

Dr. Rao said that American Heart Association (AHA) recommends uninterrupted chest compression (i.e. 100 time chest compressions in a minute) to the patient until para-medical support is given, which helps to supply oxygenated blood to the brain, and prevent death.

“To gain an exemplary status, doctors must act with social responsibility and follow ethics, apart from acquiring knowledge and skills,” said the DG and praised Ramesh Hospitals Managing Director P. Ramesh Babu for organising the workshop on BLS and ACLS.

Dr. Ramesh Babu explained that under BLS doctors should give chest compressions, defibrillation and air way, and under ACLS intubations and advanced drugs should be given (depending upon the time the patient reaches the hospital), to save the patient in a cardiac arrest.

Training

Seven instructors from American Heart Association will train the 42 doctors and para-medical staff on CPR, as per AHA 2010 guidelines. Later, the trainers will conduct examination and award certificates to the participants, said Dr. Ramesh.

Anaesthetist Dr. Tagore, programme coordinator Dr. P. Maheswar, instructor Lt. Col. Y. Ashok, Management Consultant M.C. Das and Dr. P. Anil participated.

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