Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

Training on Automated External Defibrillator (AED) conducted

NSET in collaboration with Nepal Ambulance Service (NAS) conducted half-day training course on Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on Aug 24, 2018 in Kathmandu. The main purpose of this training has been to impart knowledge and skills on proper use of AED. A group of NSET staff involved in trainings on life safety skills and emergency response coursesjoined the course. Dr. Kulesh Thapa, Medical Director of NASserved as Lead Trainer and Ms. Nisha Thapa assisted as an Assistant Instructor.

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can potentially stop an irregular heart beat (arrhythmia) and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly. If not treated within minutes, it quickly leads to death. AEDs make it possible for more people to respond to a medical emergency where defibrillation is required. Because AEDs are portable and prompts in stepwise instructions, they can be used by nonmedical people.

Dr. Kulesh Thapa who is also a senior PEER instructormentioned that this sort of life-saving skills would help much in critical situations. “We need to develop capacity on pre-medical support at community level and we should work together in designing and developing training curriculum,”Dr. Thapa said.

Addressing the concluding session, NSET Deputy Executive Director Dr. Ramesh Guragainstressed on the need of developing number of community volunteers to provide pre-medical support. “Building community resilience means to develop capacity in every sector, we should also think of upgrading our training curricula and implement them.”

NSET has installed AED in its office premises and is planning to train its staff on using the AED. The selected team of trainees for AED are to propagate this training to all NSET staff. This initiative is also viewed to spread more in future to various stakeholders for building capacity for emergency response.

NSET is conducting regular efforts on enhancing emergency response capacities of its staff and other stakeholders, through Basic Emergency Medical Response (BEMR) and Community Search and Rescue (CSAR) trainings.  At regional level, NSET is implementing USAID/OFDA funded Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER) for strengthening capacities of beneficiary countries on emergency preparedness and response.

NAS is providing ambulance service and pre-hospital management trainings for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) at par with international standards.Dr. Kulesh Thapamentioned that the components of PEER Course on Medical First Responder (MFR) have been considered by NAS for Community Emergency Medical Technicians (CEMTs) training.


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