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Sterling Hospitals’ LifeSavER initiative to empower individuals to save lives at times of medical emergencies

The new initiative by the multispeciality hospital is to address the critical first aid skills gap and emergency reponses address in Gujarat

Ahmedabad, 27 May 2024 – Sterling Hospitals, a Multispecialty hospital in Gujarat, has come up with a great initiative called the LifesavER which is aimed at equipping over 10,000 volunteers with vital first aid knowledge and skills, free of charge. The name “LifeSavER” encapsulates the mission: to empower each trained person to become a potential lifesaver, capable of making a profound impact during emergencies.

The LifesavER initiative addresses a critical need highlighted by alarming statistics from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), which reports nearly 428,000 annual deaths in India due to delayed medical intervention. In Gujarat, countless lives are lost each year because bystanders lack essential first aid skills. LifeSavER’s primary objective is to reduce pre-hospital deaths by ensuring appropriate and timely actions are taken during medical emergencies.

LifeSavER offers three training programs. The Basic Training covers fundamental first aid skills, educating people on the dos and don’ts during medical emergencies. The Advanced Training prepares Rapid Response Teams (RRT) with in-depth emergency response techniques to handle complex situations and support medical professionals. The Train the Trainer Program develops certified trainers who can teach first aid in their communities, ensuring a sustainable and multiplying effect.

Commenting on this initiative Dr. Simmardeep Gill, MD and CEO, Sterling Hospitals said “In a world where emergencies can strike without warning, providing immediate first aid can mean the difference between life and death. At Sterling Hospitals, we believe everyone has the potential to save a life. Our LifeSavER initiative empowers communities across Gujarat with essential skills and confidence to act swiftly during medical emergencies. By ensuring timely and appropriate responses, we aim to reduce preventable deaths and foster a culture of preparedness. Together, we can create a safer, more responsive community, ready to make a lifesaving difference.”

Dr. Abhishek Sharma, Head – Emergency Department, Sterling Hospitals, Ahmedabad: In a fast-paced city like Ahmedabad, where every moment is vital, the LifeSavER Initiative is incredibly important. People often feel helpless during emergencies, but with LifeSavER training, they’ll be prepared to take immediate action. This training will give our citizens the ability to make a real difference, potentially saving lives before professional help arrives. By equipping Ahmedabad’s residents with these skills, we’re creating a safer and more resilient community.”

LifeSavER is collaborative effort involving ER Department Healthcare Professionals, volunteers providing expert guidance, training, and support and spread awareness. It will be implemented through a multi-faceted approach at all our units across the group through regular workshops and virtual training sessions, webinars to ensure widespread participation. The LifeSavER initiative, individuals and organizations can make a significant difference in their communities. Together, we can ensure that no one is left helpless in the face of a medical emergency.

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