G. Bakthavatchalam (left), chairman of K.G. Hospital, giving a demonstration during a basic emergency life support training programme organised in Coimbatore on Sunday.- PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN
A training programme on life saving techniques in emergency situations was organised in the city on Sunday by the KG Hospital and Postgraduate Medical Institute.
The one hour after any emergency such as head injury, heart attack, stroke, drowning or an electrical shock assumes vital significance. A skilled doctor, nurse or others trained in emergency response procedures can save the life of the victim within this period.
Among the techniques include how to remove coins swallowed by babies. The nurses were told to immediately hold the baby upside down and pat the body on the back to remove the coin. If this procedure was not performed immediately, the condition of the baby could become critical. Further, if a person faints, how to find out the causes and how to react if it was a case of heart attack.
Around 500 nurses managing intensive care units in hospitals across Tamil Nadu took part. The resource persons include the staff from K.G. Hospital’s Critical Care Department: Doctors Ashok Hariharan, S. Srilatha and P. Sathish Babu besides the emergency technicians – Krishna Kumar, Balakrishnan, and R. Senthil Kumar.