Andheri RTO holds training programme to teach auto drivers CPR

The Andheri Regional Transport Office (RTO) with the help of a non-government organisation (NGO) organised a training programme for auto-rickshaw drivers to save the lives of the passengers within the golden hour. Expert doctors from Andheri’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital taught 60 auto drivers how to administer Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and provide first-aid for accident victims

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At the programme two types of the training were given to the auto drivers. Firstly, they were showed how to stop the blood from flowing from injuries of the accident victim. The second thing which was taught to them was CPR. The programme was organised with the objective of teaching CPR to auto drivers as they can act as primary responders on the street during medical emergencies.

It is to be noted the Maharashtra is the third state among other states in India to witness largest number of road accidents, fatalities and injuries on the roads.

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Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Akshay Deodhar, clinical associate, accident and emergency department, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, said, “At the program we discussed what consist of CPR and made auto drivers aware about its concept. CPR is first in the line of defence for patients who are going having a heart attack or cardiac arrest.  Apart from that we also taught them basic first-aid and how to identify fractures.”

During the training program, doctors demonstrated CPR on mannequins and then asked the auto-drivers to do the same, doctors corrected them if they made a mistake.

Dr Sanjay Mehta, director of accident and emergency department, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, said, “Road accidents happen quite frequently in a city like Mumbai. If people get timely treatment in the first hour of treatment their life can be saved. As auto-drivers are nearby they can help administer CPR if they possess its knowledge.”

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What is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique that combines chest compressions and artificial ventilation to maintain oxygenation and circulatory flow during cardiac arrest.

CPR is performed in emergency conditions such as a heart attack, cardiac arrest, poisoning, electrocution injuries, accidents, suffocation, and near-drowning, among others.

CPR is a vital technique to maintain a steady supply of blood and oxygen to the brain when a person is not breathing or circulating blood adequately.

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