Cardiac arrests occurring outside of medical facilities claim numerous lives each year. Effective instruction and practice of basic life support skills can unquestionably make a life-saving difference. Proficiency in cardiac compressions and the use of defibrillators are vital components of cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR.
The Dawoodi Bohras’ Burhani Basic Life Support and First Aid team has been touring the UK, imparting these essential skills. A dedicated group of instructors are committed to teaching life-support techniques, first aid, and crucial bystander skills to all community members in the UK. To date, the team has conducted more than 20 courses, benefiting over 500 eager learners in six UK cities. People of all ages and genders have participated and gained from these courses.
The Dawoodi Bohra Community
Many Dawoodi Bohra individuals who have made contributions to the field of medicine and healthcare are keen to leverage their knowledge and experience to empower fellow community members to disseminate life-saving skills. These skills are transferable to the daily lives of the learners.
“Thanks to the life support course, I knew what to do when a customer, a 64-year-old man, collapsed with chest pain in my shop. I performed CPR and used an AED, potentially saving his life. Knowledge truly is power!” said Tasneem from London, who used her skills whilst at work.
What is life support?
Basic Life Support (BLS), also known as Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), is a critical emergency procedure designed to sustain a person’s heart and lung function when they stop working. It’s a life-saving technique used to revive individuals in cardiac arrest, a state where the heart suddenly ceases to beat effectively.
During BLS, the rescuer places their hands on the centre of the chest and applies rhythmic and forceful compressions to the chest. These chest compressions act as a substitute for the heart’s natural pumping action, forcing blood to circulate throughout the body, supplying vital oxygen to the brain and other organs. In combination with rescue breaths, BLS helps maintain vital functions until professional medical help arrives. Prompt and effective BLS significantly increases the chances of survival for someone experiencing cardiac arrest.
Using one’s skills effectively to assist others and potentially save lives brings immense satisfaction. The appreciation and heartfelt gratitude received creates a lasting warmth in one’s memory. Realising that your actions have positively impacted someone’s life is a profoundly rewarding experience.
“I’ve dedicated more than two decades to instructing medicine, specifically life-saving techniques. Witnessing the moment when my students grasp the significance of their newfound knowledge never ceases to energise me. My goal is to persist in teaching this vital skill until every life is safeguarded and no potential goes untapped”, said Dr Hozefa Ebrahim, a member of Burhani BLS and First Aid, and a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in the UK.