About the Summit
In most countries, the majority of trauma deaths occur outside of the hospital. At least 1/3rd of potentially preventable deaths occur prior to arrival at the hospital and over half occur during the hospital reception and resuscitation phase of care. There is a lack of state-organized emergency ambulance services. Persons who shift the victims are usually untrained public.
Basic life support (BLS) is the level of medical care which is used for victims of life-threatening illnesses or injuries until they can be given full medical care at a hospital. It can be provided by trained medical personnel, including emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and by laypersons who have received BLS training and certification. BLS is generally used in the pre-hospital setting and can be provided without medical equipment.
- Large base of medically trained individuals in the community
- During a heart attack, the first 1 hr is said to be the golden hour. So, if the patient gets the necessary basic life support – it can help save some lives.
- Empowering the general public who can help spread the message.
Dr Khaja Shafiuddin MBBS, DEM (RLA), MRCEM (U.K), MBA Consultant Emergency Medicine Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad
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