New Delhi , Sep 28 : BLK Super Speciality Hospital takes up a mandate to empower people on essential life-saving skills while observing this year's World Heart Day (September 29)- and strongly recommends cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and basic life support (BLS) techniques to be included in school curriculum to train students for effective handling of possible exigencies.
"BLS and CPR are not so difficult to learn life-saving techniques that can increase the chances of providing life support in case of heart attack or a brain stroke. As per the statistics not even two percent population of India are trained to perform CPR or BLS. Through these trainings we are keen to empower students to have an understanding of these two life saving techniques. We are open to align ourselves with government and private organizations and prepare the blueprint for BLS and CPR training in school curriculum from seventh grade onwards. Unlike the United States, we do not have separate health classes in schools, however these trainings can be easily adapted in the physical education classes," said Naresh Kapoor, Executive Director, BLK Super Speciality Hospital.

To sensitize people from all walks-of-life, BLK Super Speciality Hospital is organizing more than 60 activities incorporating lectures / talks, training sessions on CPR and BLS techniques with heart check-up camps for timely diagnosis and prevention of heart disease in Delhi NCR. Through these activities, the hospital aims to rapidly increase the awareness on the importance of such trainings and how it can be useful in emergency situations.

The Hospital's activities will take place around areas like Jhandewalan, Scope Complex, Prasad Nagar, Noida, Ghaziabad and neighboring RWAs of Central and West Delhi.

"Statistics indicate that 70 percent-80 percent of cardiac arrest cases occur either at the home or at public places. A number of patients do not get professional help during this time and die before they reach the hospital. Whereas CPR is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning situation, in which someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped. Administering CPR in the event of someone becoming unresponsive, including when a person suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, in the initial 5-6 minutes helps revive the heart and saves the brain from a permanent damage," said Dr. Subhash Chandra, Chairman and HOD, Cardiology, BLK Heart Center, BLK Super Speciality Hospital.

Dr. Ajay Kaul, Chairman and HOD, Cardio Thoracic Vascular Surgery, BLK Heart Centre, BLK Super Speciality Hospital, says, "Rapid response to emergency situations can save many lives, through our initiatives we are keen to make life support training critically important for not only healthcare professionals but also for the general public."

(Posted on 28 September 2017, 1686059473 3O235O147O50)