The health department of KPK (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) has decided to introduce courses at schools to train the students in life-saving skills to treat the critically injured and ill people in case of emergency.
“The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 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 the needy people” – said the Director of the Emergency Department at Lady Reading Hospital, Dr Hamid Shahzad.
In developed countries, these life-saving courses have already been made a part of the curriculum of advanced studies since fifth grade. These are the skills that anyone can learn and should learn, regardless of educational background, Dr Hamid Shahzad said. He further told that during the last month, AHA (American Health Association) has approved Lady Reading Hospital as first provincial health institute for conducting basic life support, advanced life support and related courses to train health professionals and improve care facilities for injured and critically ill people.
Under this new policy, the students will be receiving training to resuscitate critically ill and injured people and also to decrease the mortality rate from trauma. Dr Hamid said that serious patients require immediate chest compression, anyone whose present near rather than waiting or ambulance to arrive. He further added that it has been medically proven that resuscitation in the first ten minutes leads to survival in critical conditions.
He said that according to the plan, government departments would be visited on on-hands training in spot management of people with cardiopulmonary arrest.
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