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Year of Emergency Medicine - CPR Session with the Community

<p>​Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a fatal condition which results in death within few minutes. If timely intervention including “CPR” (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) is not initiated immediately, survival in these patients is almost impossible. Majority of these cases occur outside the hospital. And more often than not, the person that can help such patients is either a family member or a bystander nearby. </p><div>Department of Emergency Medicine &amp; 24/7 Emergency &amp; Acute Service Line has been conducting CPR Awareness &amp; Training Sessions for different sectors of the community for more than a year now. Participants from diverse backgrounds and various institutions including schools, colleges, corporate sector and law enforcement agencies have participated in these sessions.</div><div>
</div><div>On Sunday, December 9th, 2018, a CPR training session on “Hands Only/Compression Only CPR” was organized at the Sports &amp; Rehabilitation Centre at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi. This activity was organized to create awareness and train the general public about how to react when they see someone suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest &amp; perform CPR to save their lives. The session was organized by the faculty, doctors including residents &amp; medical officers, nursing &amp; administrative staff of the Department of Emergency Medicine &amp; 24/7 Emergency &amp; Acute Service Line.</div><div>
</div><div>The 03 hour session was attended by 130 participants from various fields of life. The session comprised of lectures emphasizing the importance of CPR followed by a hands - on training in which every participant practiced CPR on the mannequins. </div><div>
</div><div>Mr. Hans Kedzierski, the CEO of the Aga Khan University Hospital, who was also the guest of honor of the session, met the participants and discussed the importance of such sessions with them. </div><div>
</div><div>Dr Asad Mian, Chair Department of Emergency Medicine &amp; Dr Badar Afzal,  Service Line Chief, 24/7 Emergency &amp; Acute Care also in their remarks emphasized the importance of CPR and need for more sessions in the future. </div><div>
</div><div>The Workshop Director Dr. Noor Baig and Co-Director Dr. Fareed Ahmed emphasized the importance of immediate provision of CPR in patients suffering from sudden cardiac arrest in saving lives. </div><div>
</div><div>The session was well appreciated by the participants with the motivation of having similar sessions in the future. </div><div>
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