The Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care says it is very important to train children in the diagnosis of sudden falls and emergency treatment required until the individual is hospitalised.
Speaking during a media briefing today, member of the Department, Dr. Nilmini Wijesuriya said children must be trained in memory capacity and decision making speed.
Dr. Wijesuriya said everyone must know how to ascertain if the reason behind an individual collapsing was due to fainting or cardiac arrest.
She said in order to do so, the individual’s breathing must be monitored adding however due to the prevalent situation this must be done while maintaining. distance.
She said if the individual is found to be unresponsive or is suffering from breathing difficulty, medical assistance must be called, adding the 1990 Suwa Seriya ambulance service is available island wide.
Dr. Wijesuriya said thereafter chest compression also known as CPR must be carried out on the centre of the chest area of the individual.
She said by initiating this programme, the entire population could be trained to administer CPR within a few years adding they have already begun necessary procedures as it is not a simple task.