GUWAHATI, Sept 17 - Bringing critical care to the domain of common people, the Guwahati branch of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM) is planning to train 50 police personnel of Guwahati on September 20 on basic life support to persons in critical condition.
The training would be held as part of the society�s initiative to raise awareness among the common people regarding responding to critical situation for saving precious lives.
Addressing the media here, Dr Biraj Saikia, secretary of the Guwahati branch of the society, today said that with the growing need of awareness of critical care medicine, it has become pertinent to train people other than medical staff, who are the possible first responders to a critical situation.
�To begin with, we would train police personnel, followed by school students, on how to provide basic life support to a person in critical condition,� he said.
The Guwahati branch of the society, which has completed five years of its existence, also expressed its willingness to hold training sessions for the willing organizations, NGOs, etc, free of cost. The branch has 140 members.
An adjunct branch of the mainstream medical treatment, critical care is of utmost importance in today�s medical support system and professionals associated with this field formed the Indian Society of Critical care Medicine (ISCCM) in Mumbai in 1993.
In Guwahati, too, a group of doctors from different fields of medicine � anaesthesiology, internal medicine, respiratory medicine, gastroenterology and surgery � got together to carry forward the aim of ISCCM with the Guwahati branch in 2010.
�The forum has held many medical education sessions for doctors and nurses, apart from lectures, workshops and panel discussions. Till date, approximately 250 doctors and 150 nurses have benefited from such courses,� said Dr Rakesh Periwal, treasurer of the society.