iCARE aims to prevent deaths from sudden cardiac arrest by training community members

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Mumbai : 22 june, 2017 : iCARE (Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation for Everyone) was launched today by Holy Family Hospital, Bandra. Sr Lucien, Director, Holy Family Hospital, Mr. Ashish Shelar & Eminent doctors involved with the project lit the Samai to mark the beginning of this project

Sr Lucien, Director, Holy Family Hospital addressing the occasion said ” iCARE is to be a not-for-profit entity run under the aegis of the Holy Family hospital, Bandra. We aim to make a real difference in saving precious lives and paving the way for such initiatives throughout India”.

The locality for the pilot project is to be the suburb of Bandra west & will involve participation from local medical professionals, health workers, ALM’s, Civic bodies, Fire & Police personnel, Colleges, Gymkhanas besides the lay citizen volunteers from the suburb. Advanced and intensive training will also be imparted to special iCARE volunteers who would then be certified.

Cardio Vascular Diseases (CVDs) are the number 1 cause of death globally: more people die annually from CVDs than from any other cause.More and more instances of both young & old are seen afflicted. The majority of SCDs occur at home and public places.

SCD represents a major challenge for the clinician because most episodes occur in individuals without previously known cardiac disease. Heart attack is a medical emergency that requires immediate care to prevent permanent heart damage or death. CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) should be started if the victim goes into cardiac arrest, when the heartbeat has stopped and the person is unresponsive. CPR doesn’t restart the heart; it just keeps the victim alive until medical help arrives.

An easy-to-use device called an AED (automated external defibrillator) if made available in public places and can be used by almost anyone to treat cardiac arrest. This device works by shocking the heart back into a normal rhythm.

The aim of this project (iCARE) is precisely to prevent deaths from sudden cardiac arrest by training community members in identifying, administering CPR as well as training them to use AED’s.

This would be the first project of its kind in India and will put India in the global map for heart safety alongside Seattle, Copenhagen, Japan & Dubai.

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