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More than 250 school children, teachers and gym instructors received training in Basic Life Support and First-Aid today at Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (AIMSR), Hyderabad. The training in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) was done by a team of Life-Support Instructors from Department of Emergency Medicine, Apollo Hyderabad, as a part of the National Assembly on Pediatric Emergency Medicine (NAPEM) conference. NAPEM 2017 is being conducted by the Society for Trauma and Emergency Pediatrics (STEP) in collaboration with the Society for Emergency Medicine India (SEMI), the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) and Apollo Hospitals. The conference is hosted with the intent of raising the awareness and standard of care for pediatric emergencies in all hospitals.

 Dr. Imron Subhan, Head of the Apollo Hyderabad Emergency Department,  said “In an emergency, bystanders who witness an accident should provide first-aid and quickly get the victim to the hospital. If they hesitate or delay the transportation, then even emergency doctors cannot do much for a patient. Every family should have at least one person trained in Basic Life Support and First-Aid skills”. Dr. Dinakar who was the lead instructor said “CPR and First- Aid training should be a part of the every school curriculum along with other subjects like History, Geography and Science”.

More advanced training in pediatric emergency care was conducted in the state-of-art Simulation Training Center at Apollo, where more than 160 emergency doctors and pediatric specialists practised management of medical emergencies and trauma situations on simulated robotic manikins.

Dr. Imron, who is also the organizing secretary for the conference said “We have to make all emergency departments safer for children, and better take care of sick and injured pediatric patients. Children with emergency conditions are bound to land up both, in pediatric, as well as adult emergency departments. All emergency doctors have to be ready to resuscitate and stabilize infants and children, and this can happen only with good training by using simulated scenarios on manikins.

Faculty for this training included both National and International experts in pediatric emergency medicine, and from the Society for Trauma & Emergency Pediatrics, and the Society for Emergency Medicine India.

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