Motherhood Chennai celebrates World First Aid Day

Chennai: Motherhood, a complete women and children hospital, on the occasion of ‘World First Aid Day’, conducted a workshop to provide basic life support training (BLS). The workshop that was conducted at Motherhood’s facility in Chennai was attended by many teachers from leading local schools in such as ChettinadVidyasharam, Alphabets, Learning Tree, St. Francis Xavier’s, Time Kids, St. Marks and Seed International. The workshop focussed on Pediatric basic life support with training and assessment so that the participants could spread awareness amongst their peers as well as students.

According to the Association for Safe International Road Traffic, road traffic crashes are ranked as the 9th leading cause of death and account for 2.2% of all deaths globally. One of the most common causes of death for road crash casualties is anoxia, a lack of oxygen supply caused by a blocked airway.  Out-of-hospital pediatric arrests often occur at or near home/school and are frequently unwitnessed. Based upon observational studies, survival to discharge is approximately 3 to 10 percent for infants younger than one year of age and 9 to 19 percent for children 1 to 18 years of age with higher rates of survival found in patients of all ages who received bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation. .Early recognition and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest improve survival for children and adult’s cardiopulmonary arrest among infants and children is typically caused by progressive tissue hypoxia and acidosis as the result of respiratory failure and/or shock. 

BLS can be performed by trained laypersons, as well as by health care providers. However, specific pediatric version,one should also remember that it is preferable to change the standard sequence by adding 5 initial rescue breaths and practicing one minute of CPR before calling for help. The first aid workshop participants were briefed on the basic measures and were also shown demonstrations of pediatric BLS and their individual performances were assessed in the workshop. 

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