Over 100 Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) employees, including conductors, drivers and other staff, learnt how to save a person using the life-saving technique – cardio-pulmonary-resuscitation (CPR).
The BEST staff were trained by Asian Heart Institute (AHI) at Colaba Bus Depot, Mumbai, on Thursday (February 2).
The training is part of AHI’s commitment towards making Mumbai a heart healthy city. The institute will train more 100 BEST staff from other depots, who will be issued a certificate in CPR training. They will be called as master trainers, who will conduct CPR training sessions at their respective depots throughout the year.
Dr Vijay D’silva, Medical Director, AHI, said, “CPR training is a life skill that can help in case a passenger on board the bus suffers a cardiac arrest. The American Heart Association trains over 12 million people in CPR annually to equip Americans with the skill needed to perform a bystander CPR. In India, less than 1% population is trained in CPR. It is high time that we take this life-saving technique seriously.”
BEST’s Chief Medical Officer Anilkumar Singal said it is a delight to collaborate with Asian Heart Institute as part of BEST’s Swastha Hriday Abhiyan campaign launched on World Heart Day last year.
“Lakhs of people commute every day in buses and our drivers as well as conductors must be prepared to handle on-road cardiac emergency. Similar workshops will be conducted at all depots,” said Singal.
Experts from the hospital gave an instructor-led course that teaches adult CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) machine. Drivers and conductors then performed the same procedures on a mannequin.
“CPR, especially if performed in first few minutes of a cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. If CPR is not provided, chances of survival fall by 7% to 10% for every minute of delay,” said Dr Nilesh Gautam, Senior Interventional Cardiologist and Head of Department, Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation at Asian Heart Institute.
As a part of its Mumbai Heart Healthy city initiative, AHI will train 5,000 city residents, including 1,000 police personnel. It aims to train 25,000 Mumbaikars over time.
What is CPR?
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 (mouth-to-mouth) given to the patient. If provided in time, the procedure helps restore blood circulation and increases survival chances. It’s a life skill that keeps blood flowing to the brain until the heart can be restarted. Research suggests that the sooner that someone starts CPR after a person collapses, the more likely the victim is to survive.