In spite of being the most evolved ‘machine’ ever created, the human body will still be human. You do not know when an oddity will strike and the machine may go awry. It may be at home or at work, but a medical emergency, if it strikes, needs a trained medical response provider.
From being jolted by an electric shock while fixing a trifling computer issue to having a major heart attack or stroke, there is no dearth of medical emergencies that can strike at workplace or elsewhere, with a potential to put your life at risk.
As a matter of fact, such uncalled for medical emergencies cannot be avoided, but certainly most of them can be tackled effectively if a trained first responder takes charge of the situation. A person equipped with first aid skills can make the difference of life and death by, say administering the right cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for a person who has just suffered a cardiac arrest.
British Charity organization St John Ambulance said in 2010 that up to 150,000 people a year may be dying because first aid is not widely enough known for situations like stroke, suffocation, choking, heart attacks or even bleeding.
We do not have a similar data for India, but the lack of acknowledgement of the need of first aid and emergency response skills remains a big worry in the country.
Fortunately, there has been some positive movement in India as far as recognizing the importance of first responder sills is concerned. And the movement has come from the corporate sector, including PSUs and private companies.
A growing number of companies are showing interest in organizing medical emergency training workshops for their employees to train them in medical emergency response and get first responders on board.
As a stakeholder in improving healthcare in the country, the response of companies who believe that their employees should be endowed with capabilities sufficient enough to save a life within an organization or outside in case of an emergency, is exceedingly encouraging.
There may be several reasons for this rise in interest among people – increase in awareness about the need is one of them. So is the fact that work-related stress has significantly increased and cases of strokes and heart attacks have also gone up.
Not only corporates but there has been incidences in adventure industry where a trained first aid person has saved lives of people are multiple incidences. In Rishikesh, the guides reported an incident in which a member of a tourist group who was rafting in Rishikesh choked on a piece of food. The choking was that bad that the man fainted and even hurt his head. The guides who were fortunately trained were able to bring him back and a tragedy was averted.
The first aid training programs are carefully designed to bring an overall change in employees’ attitude towards medical emergencies and importance of responding in correct way while facing one. Though the concept of corporate first aid training is new in the country, but there is a necessity of such a program in Indian corporate setting and the difference this would bring in ensuring safety of the employees.
The training sessions are targeted for office workers and support staff, factory workers, hotel employees, airport personnel, security personnel and police and railway employees among others.
They are designed to teach lay rescuers how to recognize the warning signs of many critical emergencies i.e. heart attack, a cardiac arrest, stroke and choking in adults and measures to deal with them.
While the response has been fairly good so far, VIVO Healthcare corporate first aid training endeavor will succeed in plugging the huge gap between the problem and the preparedness in India.