Over 80 participants were trained in this program. The first part of the program was a TOT (Training of Trainers) during which 16 faculty members from various Institutes in India were trained to be BCLS trainers. The second part focused on training students in the techniques of BCLS and emergency care. Delegates from India and the USA participated. The training was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Ramakrishana Nair, master trainer Jeevaraksha and 9 other trainers.
Health care in developing countries including India has traditionally had limited focus on emergency medical care. Common medical emergencies like Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Trauma, Obstetrics and poisoning account for more than 50% of the deaths in our country.
The lack of training in handling medical emergencies in a non-hospital setting is something that even traditional medical education lacks. It is to bridge this gap that various courses in emergency care have been developed worldwide. This training has also been customized to provide it to persons without a medical background.
In June 2014, JeevaRaksha- (Saving Lives, Assuring Care) – A Comprehensive Emergency Care and Life Support Training Course for Medical Interns and Medical Professionals providing Primary and Secondary level health care was launched following a collaborative effort (through an MOU) of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka (henceforth RGUHS), Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (henceforth SVYM) and University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA (henceforth UofU) with a Vision – "To strengthen health system and save lives in the State by ensuring availability of adequately trained and certified Graduate and Post Graduate Medical professionals and nursing staff in Emergency Care and Life Support, for health facilities in the state"
Coorg Institute of Dental Sciences proposes to soon become a Regional Centre for this program.