May 05 2013

Dubai students to learn Cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Dubai: Under a new first aid training initiative announced by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) on Sunday, 186 government and private Dubai schools will be trained on how to save cardiac arrest victims.

The ‘Your heart is ours’ initiative was launched at the Al Salam Girls School in Al Barsha.

The initiative, a joint collaboration by the DHA, Dubai Education Zone and Leader Healthcare , is being rolled out in phases.

It will cover 186 schools — 156 private and 30 government. Each school will receive a free pocket CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) device. School doctors, nurses and allied staff will be equipped with the skills they need to perform the lifesaving procedure.

The DHA has instructed the medical staff at schools to transfer their knowledge to the teachers and pupils.

The CPR machines are sponsored by Leader Healthcare , distributor of health care products, with headquarters in Dubai. The machine has prompts to guide the user on how to administer CPR.

According to the American Heart Association, about 92 per cent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital, but statistics prove that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved. Immediate CPR can double, even triple a victim’s chance of survival.

“Within the next two months, health care professionals working in schools will receive the devices and the necessary training on how to administer CPR. In turn, they will impart their knowledge to the teachers and pupils,” said Amal Ali Al Mehrezi, head of School Health and Education Institutions, Health Regulation Department at the DHA, speaking to Gulf News.

Highlighting the benefits, Amal said the aim is to teach doctors and nurses in managing emergencies as part of effective school health programme.

Mohammad Qatuni, international sales manager at Leader Healthcare told Gulf News that the machine can be used to perform CPR on anyone aged three and up. “School health professionals will learn to use the machines on children as well as adults,” he said.

In a media statement,Engineer Eisa Al Maidour, Director-General of the DHA said, “This initiative is a continuation of the on going school health and safety programmes implemented by the DHA.”

By Carolina D’Souza Staff Reporter

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