Ludhiana, March 15, 2019: Department of Pediatrics at DMCH, Ludhiana along with Indian Academy of Pediatrics today conducted ‘IAP CPR Guidelines course’ for the mothers of young children. The term ‘CPR’ stand for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, which is a combination of mouth-to-mouth breathing and chest compressions.
Secretary of DMCH Managing Society-Sh Prem Kumar Gupta along with Mrs Sunila Gupta were the chief guests. In his message, Sh Prem Kumar Gupta lauded the efforts of organizers in conducting such workshop. Sh Gupta, in his message, said that Dayanand Medical College & Hospital (DMCH), besides treating the ailing people, has always been taking initiative to spread awareness about various health related issue and making them aware of applying BLS & CPR skills to children and adults, incase of an emergency situation, where either heart stops pumping or proper blood circulation is not being made.
Dr Puneet Aulakh Pooni (Professors & Head of Pediatrics) said that every parent should know how and when to administer CPR. If a child isn't breathing or circulating blood adequately, the process of CPR can restore circulation of oxygen-rich blood to the brain. Without oxygen, permanent brain damage or death can occur in less than 8 minutes. CPR process, in such cases, can save a child's life by restoring breathing and circulation until advanced life support can be given by health care providers, said Dr Pooni .
Dr Kamal Arora said that CPR may be necessary for children during many different emergencies, including accidents, near-drowning, suffocation, poisoning, smoke inhalation, electrocution injuries, and suspected sudden infant death syndrome.
Dr Kamal Arora (Neonatologist), Dr Shruti Kakkar along with faculty members from Department of Anatomy acted as trainers for the participating delegates.
Ø DMC was the first centre in Punjab to be accredited as IAP CPR centre and also accredited for Advanced life support.
Ø Early recognition of cardiac arrest is important as majority of sudden deaths occur at home.
Ø CPR should be provided at the earliest preferably within 10 seconds of sudden cardiac arrest.
Ø During the session, proper technique of chest compressions with videos was shown and the delegates practiced on manikins. Removal of foreign body causing choking was also taught. Basic life support (BLS), if provided within initial few minutes, can save many precious lives.
Ø Faculty in the session was from Department of Pediatrics and also trainers from other Departments of DMCH like Pharmacology and Anatomy.
Ø Delegates were young mothers and participated with full enthusiasm. BLS can be learnt by any person and is the need of the hour to save lives.