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Sharjah hospital gains first accreditation for life support training
By a Staff Reporter July 21, 2015
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DUBAI: Zulekha Hospital is the first private hospital in Sharjah and the Northern Emirates to be affiliated with the American Heart Association as an international Life Support Training Centre. 

The accreditation means the multidisciplinary hospital is authorised to conduct the official Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) courses to UAE healthcare professionals and those in the community who wish to develop lifesaving skills.

Eight high quality CPR and ECC courses are now available at the hospital, including Basic Life Support, Paediatric Advanced Life Support and a Neonatal Resuscitation Programme. 

The courses will be delivered by the Life Support Training Team at Zulekha Hospital Sharjah, which includes physicians, nurses, paramedics and other experienced practitioners who have all received specialised training from the American Heart Association.

“We have set our standards exceptionally high by becoming the first training centre of this kind in our market,” said Zanubia Shams, CEO of Zulekha Hospital.

“Our Life Support Training Team worked incredibly hard with our colleagues at the American Heart Association and this accreditation means that we can now deliver the very best CPR and ECC courses. It will make a difference to other healthcare workers in the UAE as well as to community members who have responsibilities for the care of others in their day to day lives.”

The courses are taught in a variety of different ways, from an instructor-led, classroom-based or video-based approach to participants studying materials 30 days prior to attending a programme.  Each course provides accredited certification and a range of hours contributed to the participants’ Continuing Medical Education (CME) awarded by the UAE’s Ministry of Health.

The Heartsaver First Aid course is open to anyone with limited or no medical training, who requires a completion course in first aid to meet job or regulatory requirements.  The classroom-based programme teaches students how to respond and manage an emergency within the first few minutes until medical services arrive, learning skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other emergencies. 

The eight Life Support Training programmes offered at Zulekha Hospital Sharjah are: Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, Paediatric Advanced Life Support, Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED, Heartsaver First Aid, Heartsaver CPR AED, Electrocardiogram and Pharmacology and Neonatal Resuscitation Programme.
 

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