Mangaluru, Nov 14, 2018: Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) Vice Chancellor Dr S Sachhidanand stated RGUHS has launched a programme called Jeeva Raksha, through which faculties and interns are trained with the Basic Life Support (BLS) procedure.
Speaking at national cardiac emergency conference ’CECON 2018’” at Father Muller Medical College, he said knowledge on basic life support procedure helps to save lives at a time of cardiac arrest.
He said, “In present times we see death is more frequent and higher due to the presence of non-communicable diseases rather than the communicable diseases, which were witnessed earlier. This has been possible due to the improvement of sanitation and cleanliness. We are still fighting against the prevalence of communicable diseases; however, the onus is currently moved towards non-communicable diseases."
“Life styles today are are sedentary in nature which revolve around table oriented work which increases the risk factors. Cardiac arrests are higher than deaths caused due to road traffic injuries and other diseases, like cancer. As cardiologists and physicians, it is imperative that we think of cardiac emergencies also. Reports of cardiac arrest among adolescents are frequently been published in dailies. According to cardiologists, the number of youngsters experiencing Myocardial Infarction is more and it is a high time that we investigate the factors that are responsible for the disease. Emergencies can happen at any point of time and ignorance in such cases in condemnable. It is the need of the hour that everyone needs to be aware of the minimum basic life support system. The ambulance drivers, paramedics and traffic police need to know the BLS procedure”, he said.
Fr Muller Charitable Institutions Director Fr Richard Aloysius Coelho, in his presidential address, said, “As modern life takes over, we tend to become prey to numerous diseases, which can be reversed if we adopt a healthy lifestyle. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training is beneficial in saving lives.”
Father Muller Simulation and Skill Centre is the first one to be set up in the state with more than 40 simulation trainers who train other professionals around the year. Cardiac simulation was being used to demonstrate cardiac emergencies using cardiac simulators.