Lessons in Basic Life Support for students on our ICE India programme
As our ICE India programme nears its end, we get a first-hand account of the Basic Life Support (BLS) workshop our students attended recently, from Singaporean student, Natasha Kowshik. Natasha was one of a handful of students (out of about 40 in total) who managed to achieve 100% in the exam that took place following this workshop. Well done Natasha!
“As amateurs, we stood amongst allied healthcare professionals ranging from nurses, to the most qualified doctors, spending a day undertaking countless theoretical and practical lessons. Instead of the usual hospital rounds, we immersed ourselves in a Basic Life Support course endorsed and certified by the American Medical Association (AMA) and, needless to say, the course was packed with invaluable skills that armed us appropriately for our life ahead dedicated to saving the lives of others.
“We learnt ways to detect cardiac arrest in persons of all ages, and how to perform varying methods of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in each scenario, be it infantile or elderly. Team dynamics and acute stress management were also something we had to navigate, and it proved to be an unremittingly challenging task.
“Towards the end of the day there was an exam, involving both theory and practical, that incorporated everything that we had been taught during the class. Whilst we approached the exams with initial trepidation, at the end of it all we walked away content and satiated, having performed well and obtaining essential qualifications and skills.”
Picture opposite shows Natasha wearing her hospital scrubs.