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CPR intervention can be life-saving

Kokilaben hospital, Mumbai have recently celebrated 8 glorious years in the healthcare sector. Apart from offering a committed and world class medical and post medical intervention to the national and overseas clients, this hospital have left no stone unturned to contribute to the corporate social responsibility. They conduct a total free of cost seminars and workshops to spread awareness to the most common or dreaded conditions.

Like recently, on the 12th of march, a seminar or a workshop was conducted on “cardiopulmonary resuscitation” (CPR) to equip people in emergency condition. CPR can prove to a life saving for a person shaving a sudden cardiac arrest. It is one such maneouver that is taught to children in abroad but in a developing country like India people are clueless of the idea. The challenges in our country are very grave. To highlight a few like shortages and less equipped ambulances, traffic and not to forget our so minded country people who don’t clear the passage to the ambulance. In scenario like this, CPR can buy precious time and may bestow a new life to an individual. Kokilaben hospital put forth an extraordinary order sticking to their commitment to transform view of healthcare.

CPR demo underway on a dummy at Kokilaben Hospital Mumbai

CPR demo underway on a dummy at Kokilaben Hospital Mumbai

What s CPR?

CPR is a manoeuvre done in case a person has a sudden cardiac arrest. This is a way which helps revive a person and prevent any brain damage that usually occurs within 5-10 minutes post a cardiac attack. Therefore, it should be started as soon as a person had a cardiac arrest. This can provide great help until the medical help arrives. It has three steps compression, airways and breathing.

It’s a technique that requires endurance and skill as 120 chest compressions per minute are required to be given to a person who recently suffered a cardiac arrest. Therefore two people can assist each other while giving CPR. Placement of hand is very important while giving a CPR. The ideal position is the hollow space felt or seen (in case of the lean people) at the base of the chest bone. The compression should be press the chest at least 2 inches. For an adult it has to be given by placing both the hands over the chest as explained earlier (one hand directly over the chest while other clasped on the hand) and compressions should be given with the elbows straight, taking force from the hip. The position is modified for the tender children as this much force can’t be toleratedby them.

When a person faints, tongue usually fall back that might choke the airway. Therefore, the airways must be cleared. Therefore, extend the head of the person who does not have injury above the collar bone.


Conventionally mouth-to-mouth is given. As the speaker, Dr.Sameer Rathi, called the Hashmi style is passé these days. Pumps are available that may aid in breathing. This step is not that necessary as the compressions are. The person giving the breathes just has to blow normally, neither a deep /forceful nor a shallow breath is required.

Now the final and life saving step is automatic external defibrillation: the AED machine. In the workshop a detailed exposure was given on how to use the aforementioned AED machine. He began the demonstration beginning from switching it on, further placement of electrodes on body and the delivery of shock.

With the recent advent, the AED machine has also updated in a manner that a common man can also use it in case of emergency.

If seen in the movies earlier, a team of doctors delivering the shock and waiting in the middle to charge the machine. These newer machines charges itself and decides whether second shock is required to be given or not.

Usually followed approach is to give 30 compressions and 2 breathes (5 cycles) keep checking the response of the victim in every 2 minutes.

The mainstay of the workshop was the just perfect demonstration of the compression, breathing and AED use given by Dr.Sameer Rathi. Later he gave ample time to the participants, which ranged from MBBS students, therapists and relatives of sick people.

Take home message from the event was to be geared up to save the precious life. “zindagi milegi na dobara”

What could be a better way to pay tribute to the renowned philanthropist Dhirubhai Ambani and Kokilaben by their children.

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