Welcome to the field of Life Support!The most dire situation is one in which a person collapses, often without a warning, due to several divergent causes. Such a person requires being attended to immediately by a series of inter-linked actions to get the best possible outcome from this emergency.
One such system has been developed, is being practiced and is constantly updated by worldwide inputs. This goes by the name of Basic Life Support (BLS). It has a universal application and can be put into play by a diverse group of individuals who have had the opportunity to learn the skills of this ‘language of resuscitation’. Basic Life Support covers basic issues like ensuring safety of the patient/victim and rescuers, asking for help from the correct quarters in the correct manner and providing life support till the team armed with more personnel and devices for assessment and management joins in or takes over. The format is equally useful in an out-of-hospital situation as well as in-hospital ones. It has an application in dealing with widely variable situations like a collapsed victim, to heart attacks, drowning, convulsions & foreign body aspiration etc.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support is in fact the continuation of BLS, supplemented with a well knit team of trained healthcare providers (HCPs) working in a protocol based manner. This team of ACLS providers (called Code Team) uses monitoring devices, advanced airway management techniques and equipment, drugs, fluids, electrical therapy, and an organized effort to find and manage the reversible causes of victim’s condition. Since ACLS training involves advanced skills, up-to-date knowledge of the latest techniques and healthcare information, therefore the ACLS course is specially designed for HCPs such as doctors, nurses and paramedics.
The training of BLS and ACLS is accredited by various international agencies involved in life support and resuscitation. One of the most important of these agencies is American Heart Association (AHA) through its various Training Centers and Training Sites spread all across the globe. These AHA accredited centers conduct the provider and instructor courses in BLS, ACLS, First Aid and many other life support related courses.
The Maulana Azad Medical College International Training Center (MAMC-ITC) of the AHA has been one of the unique ITCs of the AHA in being the only ITC in a Government owned prestigious teaching institution in India. This paved way for ensuring that all undergraduates passing out from MAMC are trained in BLS and overview of ACLS and all postgraduates are ACLS trained. In addition, MAMC-ITC has the distinction of building a network of over 100 AHA-accredited instructors in India, and spreading the message of life support to over 12,000 people-around 1200 of these being the work force of HCPs involved in the Commonwealth Games (CWG-2010) alone! At present, it has three AHA Training Sites under it at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital at Ludhiana, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Hospital and Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital at Delhi.
On behalf of the MAMC-ITC, we invite you all to this incomparable experience of being part of the team who will devote their life to the spread of the message of life support to one and all.
A Message from Dean
It is not only a dream but also an endeavor on my part to ensure that we, as doctors, must be provided with all opportunities to re-establish our basic objectives. We need to prioritize our responsibilities towards our patients and fellow humans. My dream, therefore, is to see every fulfill his first responsibility of being able to save of life....Read more
Message From superintendent
I am tempted to begin by quoting the Late Martin Luther King Jr. and exclaim: I HAVE A DREAM. Although mine differs vastly in its content but the intent remain no less intense.It is not only a dream but also an endeavor on my part to ensure that we, as doctors, must be provided with all opportunities to re-establish our basic objectives.Readmore »