Apollo Foundation Conducts Training in Basic Life Support to 1600 NCC Cadets

New Delhi, September 26-Apollo foundation conducted a training session to highlight the necessity basic life support (BLS) to the cadets of NCC. Equipping the cadets with BLS knowledge and skills to handle critical cases in the future was the main aim of the training. Basic life support consists of a series of medical procedures which are provided to patients in the life threatening situation.


Basic life support, also known as BLS, is used to distinguish the types of medical care required to sustain someone’s life until they can receive more advanced care. Considering the importance of pre-hospitalization, it is necessary to acquire the knowledge and skills through education, adequate practice and good supervision.


Mrs Upasna Kamineni Konidela, Vice Chairperson – CSR, Apollo Hospitals said while sending the message on the occasion, “Accidents and cardiac arrests account for the majority of emergencies, just as they often come with grave consequences. Immediate action, proper skills, and most importantly, basic life support (BLS) knowledge is usually required to handle emergencies. In such cases time is the greatest determiner of the fate. There is a significant lack of basic knowledge of dealing with these situations.”


According to World Health Organisation (WHO), heart disease is the world’s largest killer claiming 17.5 million lives every year. In India, death from cardiac disease was three times that of cancer. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving method which is a very important part of basic life support. CPR is useful during heart attack or near drowning, in which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped. Thus, it is the need of the hour that every member of the community are trained in high quality basic life support.


Dr Azharuddin, member of Apollo emergency team said, “While BLS procedure can be very useful, it is important to provide it the right way. There are mainly three components to check while performing BLS. These are circulation, airway, and breathing. First, the circulation of the patient needs to be checked. This is done to make sure that the heart is pumping blood properly to the organs. In some cases, chest compressions may need to be performed to ensure that blood is circulating throughout the body. Their airway also should be monitored for any foreign objects, sputum, or vomit to ensure that they are breathing. And lastly, breathing should be checked to make sure that the patient is getting oxygen into the lungs and vital parts of the body.”


The event witnessed the participation of 1600 cadets where they were given hands on training. Demo session was followed by a pledge taking ceremony to carry forward the noble cause of heart health. In the last 7 years, over 10,000 cadets have received the demo training owing to the association of Apollo foundation with the National Cadet Corp.


About Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals:

Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, India’s first JCI accredited hospital, is a joint venture between the Government of Delhi and Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited. Commissioned in July 1996, it is the third super-specialty tertiary care hospital set up by the Apollo Hospitals Group. Spread over 15 acres, it houses 57 specialties with more than 300 specialists and more than 700 operational beds, 19 operation theatres, 138 ICU beds, round-the-clock pharmacy, NABL accredited laboratories, 24-hour emergency services and an active air ambulance service.


Apollo Hospitals Delhi has the leading programme in kidney and liver transplant in the country. The first successful paediatrics and adult liver transplants in India were performed at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals. The hospital is at the forefront of medical technology and expertise. It provides a complete range of latest diagnostic, medical and surgical facilities for the care of its patients. The Hospital has introduced the most sophisticated imaging technology to India with the introduction of 64 slice CT and 3 Tesla MRI, Novalis Tx and the integrated PET Suite. Indraprastha Apollo has also pioneered the concept of preventive health check programmes and has created a satisfied customer base over decades. For the past few years, the Hospital has been consistently ranked amongst the best 10 hospitals in India in the surveys conducted by The Week, one of the leading magazines in the country.

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