THE NEED: Specialty hospitals and medical advancements can be of no use unless emergency service reach people on time. More than 6,60,000 deaths occur every year in India alone as a result of cardiac arrest. The survival rate is less than 1% as emergency medical services do not reach on time and hence, this reason alone accounts for greater than 50% of cardio related deaths in India.
The risk of cardiac death in adults is estimated to be 1 per 1,000 adults of 35 years of age and above per year. About 75 percent to 80 percent of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home. Hence, being trained to perform CPR & First Aid can make a difference between life and death for a victim as the life you save is likely to be your loved one: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.
HOW CARDIO-PULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR) CAN SAVE LIVES
The heart stops beating or the lungs stop functioning due to non-availability of oxygen to the brain. The brain can survive only 6 minutes without oxygen. Beyond this limit, the cells of the brain start dying. The destruction of these cells is an irreversible process and brain death occurs when a critical number of cells die.
If a victim has to survive, it is very important to ensure that the oxygen supply to the brain is restored within 4-6 minutes. Unfortunately, in today’s situations, it is difficult to obtain medical care within this short span of time. This is where CPR comes into picture.
The common medical emergencies that require CPR are: Heart Attack, Drowning, Choking, Electrocution, Poisoning, Road Traffic Accidents. The sooner CPR is administered, greater are the chances of survival of the victim.
WHAT WE DO: Nightingales Lifesaving Services (NLS) was started with the objective of increasing awareness about Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and creating a community of trained and confident lifesavers who can save precious lives during emergencies.
The trainees include doctors, nurses, policemen, home guards, rickshaw drivers, industrial workers, professionals, teachers and students.
Nightingales Lifesaving Services also conducts sessions in use of Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and IV techniques.
> 3.5 hours of training in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) – complimentary mask provided
> 4 hours of training in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
> 3.5 hours of training in First Aid
> 1 hour of training in Intravenous (IV) and Intramuscular (IM) for Dental students