AIIMS trains CRPF men in emergency care

In their fight against anti-national forces,the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is enlisting the services of the country’s premiere health institute — AIIMS Trauma Centre — for training its personnel in dealing with emergency situations on Ground Zero.

Written by Sumegha Gulati | New Delhi | Published:May 28, 2012 1:31 am

In their fight against anti-national forces,the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is enlisting the services of the country’s premiere health institute — AIIMS Trauma Centre — for training its personnel in dealing with emergency situations on Ground Zero.

The AIIMS Trauma Centre is training CRPF doctors,nurses and constables and helping them set up Field Surgical Units (FSUs) in conflict-ridden areas.

The idea of setting up FSUs was conceived by the CRPF brass keeping in mind the nature of attacks they have faced in remote areas in the recent past.

Officials believe that the FSUs will help in saving precious time,and,thus,lives.

“CRPF personnel often sustain injuries in shoot-outs,mine and IED blasts. But hospital facilities are not easily available everywhere. So we decided to train our personnel in life-saving skills,” CRPF Medical Director A K Dhawan told Newsline.

Dhawan said the personnel will be first trained at their own Composite Hospital in Delhi before being sent to AIIMS for advanced training.

“They will also undergo a four-day training in life-saving skills organised by the Red Cross Society,” he said.

Each FSU will comprise one medical officer,two staff nurses and eight constables. The Trauma Centre has already trained 10 medical officers,10 staff nurses and 80 constables to set up FSUs in various conflict areas. Four of these medical officers,belonging to the COBRA unit,completed training in April this year and have been directed to form ad-hoc FSUs immediately.

Ten more medical officers and 40 constables are currently undergoing training at the Trauma Centre,while the new batch of four medical Officers,10 staff nurses and 40 constables will begin training next month,sources said.

According to Nirmal Thakur,course coordinator at the AIIMS Trauma Centre,the month-long programme is “very comprehensive”. The constables undergo training for 15 days followed by 15 days of observer-ship,while doctors and nurses have a one-month teaching and practical training.

The course includes training in dealing with bullet injuries,chest,abdomen and head trauma,bites and stings common in jungles,handling mass-casualties,simulation,care of medical equipment,airway management (choking),crush syndrome and care of ventilator patients.

Dr Sanjeev Bhoi,Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine at the institute,who designed the course module,said the programme trained jawans to “make the best use of available resources using basic principles of emergency care.”

At the end of the course,doctors and nurses are given a dummy patient to treat. “We record their movements and later show them the video to point out their errors,” Thakur said.

The training of constables focuses on transporting patients,containing bleeding,sprinting,putting in sutures and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Emphasising the importance of repeated training,AIIMS Trauma Centre Chief,Prof M C Misra said,“The CRPF personnel are imparted basic life-saving skills. However,any skill imparted will stay fresh for just six months. Training has to be a continuous process and if not used for a while,the skill is lost. Hence,all soldiers undergoing training must repeat it regularly.”

Inspector General (Medicine),Dr H R Raghawan said,“We are yet to see the benefits of this programme on the ground. But,this is a small beginning and we will keep training our men to instill confidence in them.”

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