Need of First Responder (First Aid) Training in India

By VIVO Healthcare | 30th January 2015 9:52 AM |


As per a Mckinsey study, the size of Indian Healthcare Industry is expected to rise from present $65 billion to $100 billion by 2020. The Total Healthcare Expenditure (THE) is also expected to be enhanced from present 4% of GDP to 5.5% of GDP by 2022.

At present, India faces a huge crunch of Allied Health Professionals. As per a recent study carried out by Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), India is short of 64 lakh Allied Health Professionals. Approximately 40% of existing healthcare workforce is not adequately trained due to lack of quality training institutes and organized infrastructure.

All this shows that an additional 9 million paramedics are needed over the next 10 years to meet the projected demand.

The Indian Healthcare Industry is growing steadily at the rate of more than 15% CAGR driven by key factors like ageing population, rise in disposable income, increase in lifestyle diseases, rising literary, tax benefits, growth in medical tourism & increasing insurance penetration.

Sample the following brief questions:

How would you respond if your child suddenly chokes on a piece of food or a person suddenly faints in your office, possibly suffering from a stroke?

What would you do to save a life of a friend who is suddenly bitten by a snake while on a forest safari?

While such situations might arise in anybody’s life, there are very few people who have the scientific knowledge on how to respond to such medical emergencies immediately before a doctor can be accessed. In some cases, it can be too late by the time a doctor is reached and a precious life may be lost.

For a patient in a medical emergency, the first few minutes can be lifesaving if a trained first responder takes charge of the situation. The same crucial moments can turn out to be precious time lost if there is nobody to provide the required first aid.

If the presence or absence of a trained first responder — or a person who decides to help at a scene of a medical emergency – can be a matter of life and death, then why is there no serious talk on this subject in India?

All these issues point to the need of making the concept of first responder training popular in India.

While the need for first responders is pertinent, equally pertinent is the need to fill the huge gap in demand and supply of paramedics in the Indian healthcare system.

As a healthcare training and education company, VIVO Healthcare is trying to address this very lacuna by popularizing the concept of emergency response with its:

Our company’s primary aim is to fulfill the deadly gap in the country’s healthcare system by addressing the need for a more efficient emergency response and trained community. Here, VIVO Healthcare’s academic initiative VIVO Healthcare Institute, seeks to play a major bridging role by offering short term courses for both working professionals and students.

This would not only help fill the need of trained hands, but would also enable students to secure rewarding careers in the booming healthcare industry.

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