Saveetha Medical College and Hospital in association with University of Arizona, American academy of Clinical Toxicology and Poison information Center at Perth, Western Australia is co-presenting a 4 day workshop for the first time in India on
Knowledge and skills will be imparted to stakeholders and students, which would enable them to initiate and sustain appropriate responses by which, lives would be saved and distress alleviated, in the event of toxic event/disaster.
The Provider and the Instructor courses, being conducted are accredited by the University of Arizona, for a period of 4 years. Hence, these registrants, in future can conduct the courses, in their States/home stations independently.
This information can be seen at the website www.ahls.org.
The AHLS (Advanced Hazmat Life Support) course has already been accepted by the NDRF as part of the Curriculum to be imparted to doctors and stakeholders.
AHLS trains healthcare to face the clinical challenges of caring for patients exposed to threats including: Hazardous Materials, Chemical Spills, Biological agents, Nuclear Incidents, Dangerous Good, Toxic Releases, Radiological Sources and Toxic Terrorism.
It is for interdisciplinary HCPs (Health Care Professionals) including: Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Intensivists, Emergency Physicians, EMTs, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Paramedics Pharmacists, Toxicologists, AFIH (Associate Fellow of Industrial Health), Respiratory Therapists, Military Personnel (NDRF), Fire Departments, All civil support teams, Poison Control centers, Public Health Departments, Medical, clinical & Toxicology fellowships. The program also trains Health Care Professionals to become AHLS instructors and take the course to their regions.
Relevant to poison control, there's an attempt to strengthen and set up Toxicology Laboratories in different parts of our country, which at present, are few and far apart, resulting in many deaths due to paucity of knowledge in identifying poisons concerned.
In this workshop know-how and catalysing POISON INFORMATION CENTRE (PIC) is being done. Dr. Ann Marie from Western Australia PIC, at Perth, handles two hundred thousand calls per year, coordinating with other centers in Australia providing help and assistance to handle these patients.
With the expertise gained at this workshop, registrants can initiate and strengthen their PICs, which are already functioning in Delhi, Kerala Ahmadabad and Chennai.
This workshop is engineered to have more Qualified AHLS instructors and strengthen Poison Control in our country.