Curriculum must include basic life support skills

Curriculum must include basic life support skills
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The training programme was jointly organised by Sudheekshan Foundation, EMRI 108 and Ramesh Hospitals at Siddhartha Law College as part of the 26th National Road Safety Week celebrations.

Highlighting the importance of basic life support at a training session at the Law College students on Tuesday, Dr Y Ashok, anesthesiology chief at Ramesh Hospitals, said, “Basic life support should be taught to students to save lives in medical emergencies. It should be included in the school curriculum to enable students to provide life support to accident victims within the golden hour.”

The training programme was jointly organised by Sudheekshan Foundation, EMRI 108 and Ramesh Hospitals at Siddhartha Law College as part of the 26th National Road Safety Week celebrations.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Ashok said, “The public might be aware of calling an ambulance soon after an accident, but it is sometimes necessary for the victim to be given basic life support. The golden hour is precious as the life and death of the victim will largely depend on it. Hence, it is advisable for everyone to learn the basic life support skills as they come in handy in medical emergencies.”

Deputy Transport Commissioner M Venkateswara Rao said, “We are trying to curb the number of deaths due to accidents by at least 10 per cent by promoting road safety among people in a big way. We are planning to come up with four activities on road safety every month. We wish 2015 is a safe year for motorists and road users.

Teenagers riding bikes and scooters at breakneck speed without having a driving licence have become a grave concern. It should be curbed effectively.’’

Traffic ACP Srinivas said that the traffic police, in association with the Road Transport Authority, would focus on curbing violation of traffic rules to prevent road mishaps. Self-discipline and control over a vehicle was a must for every driver to avoid accidents.

Sudheekshan Foundation chairperson Ch Vimala said they launched a Personal Emergency Identity Card which can be downloaded from www.sudheekshanfoundation.org .

“The details of every motorist can be written on it which helps save one’s life in an emergency. With the support of transport department and traffic police, we are promoting road safety to prevent mishaps,” she added.

Ambulance services chief manager Rajendra Prasad, law college principal Ch Diwakara Babu and others spoke on the occasion.

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