The health department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is launching a course to train students on how to resuscitate patients in critical condition for emergencies.
The department launched a two-day course on the subject in Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital (LRH).
Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Hamid Shehzad, the director of the emergency department at the hospital said:
The KP health policy seeks to develop skills of people in cardiopulmonary support to victims at the site of the occurrence of incidents. We want people to perform lifesaving procedures. We can avoid complications through early and better basic life support to needy people.
He said that they are going to set up a Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Resuscitation Council – comprised of senior physicians – that will help upgrade the first aid service.
Dr. Hamid informed the participants that, last month, the American Heart Association (AHA) had approved LRH for conducting basic life support, advanced life support and other courses for health professionals.
“If you see a serious chest patient, give him/her immediate chest compression instead of waiting for the patient to be transported to a hospital,” he told the participants, adding that medical studies prove that resuscitation performed within ten minutes led to the survival of the patients in many cases.
Dr. Hamid, who is also part of the province’s health policy advisory board, said the government is planning to launch courses on life-saving skills at district and tertiary hospitals.
In these courses, students and the general public will be trained to perform life-saving procedures at the time of emergency and reduce the risk of emergency deaths, he said.
“Through Basic Life Support (BLS), people can learn the rate and depth during chest pump/compression of the patients,” said Dr. Hamid, adding that the Lady Reading Hospital will be the training hub for masses.