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The Aga Khan University Hospital Pakistan

Year of Emergency Medicine – CPR Training Session with the Sindh Traffic Police

 
<p>​As a practice, the Department of Emergency Medicine and 24/7 Emergency and Acute Care service line  at the Aga Khan University Hospital has been conducting awareness and training sessions on Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). For more than a year, emphasis has been made on the importance of learning how to perform a Bystander Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (Bystander CPR) or Hands-Only CPR for immediate response in a given patient situation. These sessions are primarily focused on providing training to the community.</p><div>Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a condition in which a person’s heart suddenly stops working and can result in immediate death. Early Providing a CPR at the right time can save a life. Pakistan, being a third world Country, scarcity of resources and awareness leads to the lack of comprehending the symptoms of cardiac arrest and management through CPR, this thus results in high mortality.</div><div>
</div><div>The session was facilitated by a team of faculty members, residents, medical &amp; senior medical officers, research and admin staff and volunteers from our collaborative NGOs namely: HOPES, FRIP &amp; Humanity Initiative. They support in providing hands-on training and an assessment at the end of every session. This year various participants from different schools, ambulance services, traffic Police and different NGOs joined us. The organizations till date have been able to provide training to: Sindh Traffic Police, Al Mustafa Welfare Organization, Alamgir Welfare Organization, Fatimid Foundation, Happy Kids School, Shan Public School and Fatimah Jinnah School Karachi.</div><div>
</div><div>On Thursday October 4th, 2018, a session with the participants from Sindh Traffic Police was conducted at the Department of Emergency Medicine, The Aga Khan University Hospital. A team of 23 different ranked officers attended the session. The 2-hour long session was a video-based lecture followed by a practical demonstration of CPR on the mannequins.  The facilitators including  Dr Nadeemullah Khan , Dr Uzma Rahim Khan, Dr Noor Baig, Dr Fareed Ahmed, Dr Shahid Waheed, Ms Rubaba Naeem, Ms Ambreen Ahmed, Mr Ayaz, Dr Abul Aziz, Dr Nazir, Dr Osama, Dr Shaima, Dr Umaira &amp; Dr Mehreen Solanki 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 future for their fellow colleagues.​</div>