Emergency response training is mandatory for staff at Mafraq Hospital
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 07 May 2013. Mafraq Hospital, owned and operated by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA), has established its American Heart Association (AHA)-accredited Life Support Training Centre that provides life support training courses to hospital staff and members of the community. Courses provided include Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, Paediatric Advanced Life Support, Basic Life Support and Heartsaver First Aid training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The Heartsaver First Aid course was initiated last year. CPR and AED training is free and mandatory for all staff members at Mafraq Hospital, including those who work in administration. Thus far, 60% of non-medical employees and nearly all medical employees at the hospital have received certification for completing the course successfully.
Heartsaver First Aid training for CPR and AED for people who aren't healthcare professionals is a classroom, video-based and instructor-led course that teaches essential skills required to initially respond and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest event until trained healthcare professionals take over. The course is eight hours divided into two sections, first aid and CPR with AED, and upon completion the candidate is certified with an AHA provider card that is valid for two years. According to Dr. Jehad Awad, Senior Regional Faculty, AHA Reviewer, Director of the Life Support Training Centre, Disaster Manager and Emergency Physician at Mafraq Hospital, “Heartsaver First Aid provides first responders with the necessary training on medical, injury and environmental emergencies that can mean the difference between life and death. These skills, along with the provided first aid kits and AEDs in the hospital, where the likelihood of an emergency is ever-present, helps prevent serious harm. Sometim
es it can take a few minutes for healthcare professionals to respond to an emergency, and every minute counts. Therefore having the necessary equipment on-hand and trained staff members provides added security for our customers and employees.”
CPR is a resuscitative life-saving technique employed in emergencies involving a person who has stopped breathing or has an absent heartbeat in order to promote oxygenated blood flow to the brain and other organs. The AHA recommends that healthcare providers and those working with them receive training, as research has shown that victims who receive CPR have an increased survival rate. An AED is a portable device that automatically diagnoses potentially life threatening arrhythmias (ventricular fibrillation) and treats them using defibrillation, an applied electrical therapy that allows the heart to resume normal rhythm.
In addition to CPR and AED-use, students of Heartsaver First Aid training learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other emergencies. For CPR, the acronym CAB is used to facilitate easy recall of the order in which to check vitals and perform interventions: circulation, airway and then breathing. One key topic in the course is the AHA chain of survival. This process is divided into three steps. Step one: early recognition of emergency and activation of emergency medical services. Step two: early CPR. And step three: early defibrillation (AED-use).
First aid training is offered twice a month, once in Arabic and once in English. “We look forward to increasing the number of training sessions soon to accommodate the demand for learning these skills at Mafraq Hospital and to ensure that all staff members are certified by the end of this year”, concludes Dr. Jihad Award.
The Life Support Training Centre doors at Mafraq Hospital are also open to the community to share expert advice and training to ensure efficient emergency response in the region.