The first Sri Lankan nurse to successfully complete the Advanced Life Support (ALS) provider course conducted by the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) is from Asiri Surgical Hospital. The hospital announced that staff nurse Ms. T. Nadeesha Pushpamali, attached to the Cardio Thoracic Intensive Care Unit has been selected to be trained as an instructor for the European Resuscitation Council ALS courses. The spokesperson for the hospital stated “we are proud of her exceptional performance at the course. Her achievement is an honour for Asiri Health as well as Sri Lanka, now rapidly becoming an upcoming medical care destination in Asia.”
Dr. Anil Perera together with Dr. Gayanie Senanayake and Dr Gitanjali Jayatilaka, Consultant Anaesthesiologists of Asiri Surgical Hospital, groomed Ms. Pushpamali to take part in the ALS course. Asiri Surgical Hospital already has three doctors, Dr. Gitanjali Jayatilaka, Dr. Kasun Samarasinhe and Dr. Thalia Jayasekera, who are ERC full qualified instructors in Advanced Life Support training.
Asiri Health being the innovative leader in the private health care sector in the country is equipped with a skilled workforce and encourages its employees to keep up to date with the latest advances in the global health care industry.
“We are the pioneers in bringing in the latest technology for the betterment of our nation and being in line with our corporate values, we are happy to groom our staff members to achieve internationally accepted skill standards” explained the spokesperson.
The ALS course provides a standardized approach to cardiopulmonary resuscitation in adults and it aims to train candidates to identify the causes of cardiac arrest, recognize patients in danger of deterioration and manage both the cardiac arrest and the ‘peri-arrest’ problems encountered in the first hour or so after initial resuscitation from a cardiac arrest.
The ERC (European Resuscitation Council) has been setting up internationally recognized guidelines over the past century for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency medical care. The ERC Advanced Life Support course is a standardized European course teaching evidence-based resuscitation guidelines and skills to healthcare professionals in Europe and other countries worldwide.