Srinagar: Continuing its efforts to disseminate Basic Life Support training (BLS) at Block levels to various stakeholders of the community, the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir (DHSK) has started a pilot project wherein nominated team comprising of Doctors and Paramedics of each health block will be imparted training on modern guidelines. The Directorate in collaboration with International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) had started BLS programme for Master Trainers of the department in 2011 who till now have imparted BLS to around 5000 people which apart from including our own department have been imparting training to Airport staff, Schools children and to other stakeholders.
As the requirement of having trained first aid providers within the community has been felt in view of increasing trend of trauma due to Road Traffic and other accidents and vulnerabilities of state due to natural disasters, the Department has conceptualized to train NGO's, Schools, Colleges, Volunteers, Social Organizations and various other stakeholders who might be the first responder to any accident site.
In this context DHSK will make a pool of BLS Trainers at each health block which under proper guidelines and protocol will be imparting the training and simultaneously generate data about the persons trained in BLS such that at the time of any incident patient management and the stabilization is done on scientific grounds.
The DHSK has targeted that around 500 health personnel will be trained as BLS trainers across Kashmir Division in a phase wise manner. Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr. Saleem ur Rehman while inaugurating the training of first batch at Kashmir Skill and Simulation Centre, RIHFW, Dhobiwan said that enhancing the capabilities of bystanders in cases of accidents and other emergencies will go a long way in reducing the deaths and disabilities that occur due to improper handling.
Earlier he also interacted with Chief Medical Officers and Medical Superintendents of Kashmir Division to prioritize the trauma and emergency handling mechanisms while speaking on the seminar themed "Orientation in Skill Lab Technologies and Emergency Room Preparedness for Hospital Administrators" at KSSC, Dhobiwan. He also reviewed functioning of the Obstetrical Skill Lab established at Dhobiwan which has been set up recently for upgrading the skills of the Doctors, Staff Nurses and ANMs while conducting deliveries. (KNS)