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Medica Superspecialty Hospital, Indian Museum Kolkata join forces to host BLS session

The module teaches individuals about how to administer critical life-saving techniques like CPR to manage a medical emergency and possibly save the life of a patient

Medica Superspecialty Hospital announced its collaboration with the Indian Museum Kolkata for the first time, in organising the Basic Life Support (BLS) session, at the Indian Museum premises. 

The module teaches individuals about how to administer critical life-saving techniques like Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to manage a medical emergency and possibly save the life of a patient. Although BLS training cannot replace a paramedical or doctor, it can prevent a person’s health from deteriorating any further. There were two sessions of Basic Life Support (BLS) training. Each session accommodated 20 participants, comprising staff and other members of the Indian Museum.

The BLS session aimed to equip individuals with essential life-saving skills, in line with the standards set by the American Heart Association (AHA). Led by Dr Indranil Das, Head of Emergency at Medica Superspecialty Hospital and an alumnus of the International Visitorship Leadership Programme (IVLP) in the USA.

Dr Das, shared, “Equipping employees with Basic Life Support (BLS) training not only saves lives but also fosters a culture of safety and preparedness within organisations. In the critical moments of a medical emergency, a trained individual can be the difference between life and death. By instilling BLS skills across the workforce, we mitigate workplace accidents while empowering individuals to act swiftly and effectively in any setting, be it the office or their homes. As we navigate through the post-pandemic landscape, prioritising employee well-being is paramount, and BLS training emerges as a fundamental step towards creating healthier and more cohesive work environments. At Medica Group of Hospitals, we recognise the transformative power of BLS training and are dedicated to empowering individuals and organisations to make a difference when it matters most.”

R Udayan Lahiry, MD, Medica Group of Hospitals, expressed, “In India, delayed medical care contributes significantly to adverse health outcomes, with over 50 per cent of cardiac arrest patients reaching hospitals late. Here, timely medical assistance can make all the difference, especially in emergencies like cardiac arrests or accidents. By providing BLS training, we empower individuals to become immediate responders, potentially saving countless lives. Medica is committed to training citizens in our effort to build a force which can effectively mitigate life-threatening situations. Medica as a responsible healthcare organization has trained all its employees, both clinical and non-clinical with BLS, including front & back office staff as well as contractual staff in Housekeeping, Security & Kitchen. We have also conducted such trainings at corporate, schools, colleges & clubs and this shall be our continuous endeavour.”

Ayanabh Debgupta, Jt MD, Medica Group of Hospitals, shared, “Timely and accessible medical care can be the difference between life and death, yet it’s not always within reach. Emergencies ranging from cardiac arrest to accidents, fires, smoke inhalation, or drowning demand immediate attention, and waiting. for professional assistance can exacerbate the situation. Therefore, imparting basic life support (BLS) training can serve as a vital tool in addressing medical crises, potentially saving lives.”

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