The Health Clinic organized its annual Essential Eight-Hour Basic Life Support Course aiming at educating QU community on a variety of issues related to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid for critical situations such as bleeding, fractures, burns, and drowning, and the principles of first responders and disaster management.

Organized in collaboration with Hamad International Training Center (HITC), three courses were recently held at the QU campus and delivered by instructors from HITC — Ms Rachida Muftah, Mr Nader Kshaw, and Ms Asma Zairi. Participants who succeeded in the practical assessment and the written multiple choice questions (MCQ) exam in compliance with the standards set by the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) were awarded a Basic Life Support (BLS) license.

Each session included an introduction on cardiac arrest; a brief on the airway and cardiovascular system, function of the heart, location and causes of obstruction of the coronary arteries; the steps of CPR chest compression and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation; a first aid lecture entitled How to deal with bleeding, fracture and burn; and a special circumstances lecture entitled CPR for infant and child how to deal with case of drowning choking, epilepsy, sting bite, poisoning, case of shock hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. At the end of each course, participants were exposed to scene management and dealt with cases of incidents when there was more than one victim.

Commenting on the courses, QU Health Clinic Head Dr Hafsa Hashed said: As part of Qatar University’s mission to ensure the safety of its campus and to raise health awareness, the Health Clinic is committed to organizing relevant health and safety courses such as our annual Basic Life Support course, which have been available to QU members for the past nine years. The aim of these programs is to educate our community on how to deal with critical injuries to ensure a safe learning environment. Various courses will be organized this year for QU first responders such as lab technicians, research staff, building supervisors, housing supervisors, sports coaches, and security to provide them with continuous basic life support courses that comply with the international safety standards.

QU College of Education (CED) Principal of Early Learning Unit Mrs Maha Abu Shaban said: As part of our commitment as an educational institution, we find that the safety of the children and the staff is our ultimate priority. Not only did the Basic Life Support Course by HITC provide the members of our team with the most important aspects of accident and injury management skills, it has also provided them with the essential understanding needed to sustain such skills. The training team has provided the theory and the practice which was highly appreciated by the Early Childhood Center’s (ECC) staff. The eight-hour course and the language of instruction were very helpful in meeting the needs of our staff and parents at ECC.

HITC Instructor and Course Director Mrs Rachida Moftah said: The Hamad International Training Center, as always, continues to provide courses of CPR and first aid to Qatar University students, faculty and staff. This is an indicator that Qatar University, including Dr Hafsa, Head of Qatar University Health Clinic, is striving to educate the QU community the basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid because of its importance in saving a human’s life in cases of emergency. The participants have shown their full interest by asking the instructors curious questions, and by being proactive to apply hands-on procedures for CPR. We thank Qatar University and Dr Hafsa for their efforts, and for welcoming us very warmly, and we wish everyone to achieve the success they desire.

Source: Qatar University