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EMTC Trains Calcutta Police in Life-Saving Techniques

The Intensive Three-Day Workshop Was a Highlight of 2017 Global Health Summit.

AUA’s Emergency Medicine Training Centre (EMTC) continues to promote global health around the world by providing intensive training sessions for first responders. In December, the EMTC returned to India to train more than 150 police officers in Calcutta in CPR, bandaging, and moving accident victims at the 11th annual Global Healthcare Summit. The event was organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), AUA, and the American Heart Association and took place at KPC Medical College and Hospital. “The training was aimed at decreasing the number of deaths, especially from road accidents, by enabling first responders to provide life support to accident victims and ensure the latter don’t succumb to their injuries and trauma before reaching a hospital,” said AUA’s EMTC Director, Vernon Solomon. Last year, more than 400 people were killed in road accidents in Calcutta according to police data.

The EMTC held a First Aid and CPR course for first responders in April 2016 and for Junior Doctors in December 2016 in Udaipur. In the time since the inaugural training, the university’s EMTC has become an official National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) Training Center, bringing it to the forefront of both international and national discussions and initiatives that have a significant impact on the EMS profession. AAPI Advisor Anwar Feroz said he hopes the EMTC can set up training centers for basic CPR and BLS throughout India. AUA has expressed a willingness in providing a national training program if the opportunity presents itself.