Asian Heart Institute’s 500 volunteers to give medical aid at Mumbai Marathon

The institute recently trained over 40 marathon volunteers, in cardio-pulmonary-resuscitation (CPR). This training for volunteers could make critical difference in life and death situations

In its attempt to ensure immediate medical assistance is available for runners during the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, Asian Heart Institute (AHI) has readied a team of over 500 doctors and volunteers. The team also consists of 40 volunteers who are specially trained in cardio-pulmonary-resuscitation (CPR).

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CPR is an emergency life-saving procedure used on those who collapse during a cardiac arrest. It combines chest compression and a series of rescue breaths given to the patient. If provided in time, the procedure helps restore blood circulation and increases survival chances.

This year, 85 cardiac patients treated by AHI are participating in marathon. In addition, six doctors from AHI are running the half marathon.

As an extension of its Mumbai Heart Healthy initiative, AHI also conducted a familiarisation programme for 33 Mumbai policemen who will be participating in dream run category. They have been given route map and race day orientation, along with fitness and dietary guidance.

The institute has been a medical partner for Mumbai Marathon for past 13 years.

“We are proud to partner with Mumbai Marathon for the fourteenth consecutive year. Like every year, we are well-equipped to handle any kind of medical emergency in shortest time possible,” said Dr Ramakanta Panda, Vice-Chairman, Cardiovascular and Thoracic surgeon, Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai.

AHI’s state-of-the-art facilities and services during Mumbai Marathon 2017

  • 500+ volunteers from AHI (including 200+ medical staff)
  • 11 ambulances (each with a doctor and a nurse to ply on entire route)
  • 7 ‘mobile medics’ (doctors on motorbikes)
  • 11 aid stations all along the route
  • 2 base camps (of 40 and 20 beds each)