As a part of “Continuing Professional Development” (CPD), a Cardiac Arrest Awareness Session was organized by Dr. Seema Ansari, Associate Dean, College of Engineering and Sciences (CES), IoBM at the EMEC Conference Room on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Dr. Ansari is also the PEB-PEC coordinator for IoBM. All registered engineers and engineering faculty at IoBM who attended the session received certificates with CPD points, 0.5. The session began with the recitation of the verses from the Holy Quran. Dr. Ansari welcomed the team from National Liaquat Hospital and highlighted the importance of healthcare related issues to heart diseases. Dr. Kahkashan Tahir, Chairperson and HoD of skill development center at Liaquat National Hospital was invited as the resource person to conduct the session. It was an interactive session and was well attended by the students and faculty of CES and other departments. Students from MUET and Sindh University also attended the session.
Dr. Tahir was accompanied by Aimen Khalid and Immad Ali Rajput, instructors at LNH and Arsalan Raza from the administration. Ms. Khalid conducted an interactive session on how to respond if someone collapses all of a sudden. She mentioned a three-step method: to check for a response from the patient, activate emergency by dialing 1020, 1021 or 115 to call an ambulance and to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the patient. She informed the difference between a cardiac arrest and a heart attack; what happens in both cases and what should be done as a medical emergency. Ms. Khalid also taught the audience how to perform a CPR by using a patient care manikin (rubber dummy). The attendees learned key insights on how to identify a patient having a cardiac arrest and what immediate emergency actions they can perform until the paramedics arrive.