Health Ministry Launches National Emergency Life Support courses for doctors, nurses and paramedics
To develop a cadre of trainers to train doctors, nurses, and paramedics National Emergency Life Support (NELS) courses for doctors, nurses & paramedics were launched by Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawer Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare. The program’s objective is to provide a training curriculum & modules for the NELS course working in emergency departments of hospitals & ambulance services in all states/UTs.
The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us all of how important health workers are in alleviating pain and saving lives. Without skilled and professional health personnel, no country, hospital, or clinic can keep its people safe. The epidemic has also brought attention to the need for health personnel and skilled workers in maintaining a functional society.
Today, the National Health Mission is working to improve government-run pre-hospital and hospital-based emergency services. Prime Minister has always emphasized to providing residents with affordable and high-quality health care. However, India’s accident and emergency services have made inconsistent development.
Health-care professionals in the country were forced to rely on foreign modules and paid courses that were not only expensive, but also limited in scope to a few emergencies without taking into account the requirements and priorities of our community. As a result, in support of the Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Amenabar Bharat’ policies, the NELS delivers standardized curriculum that is based on the Indian context and developed in India,,” Union Minister of State said in a statement.
“To keep pace with technology improvements, parallel efforts are needed for human resource development by equipping doctors, nurses, and paramedics working in emergency departments of hospitals,” Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawer continued. To reduce mortality due to all forms of medical emergencies in the country, the training should also be given to individuals delivering pre-hospital treatment with standardized life-saving abilities.”
The Minister of State (HFW) has asked states to submit proposals for establishing NELS Skill Centers at their medical schools, and has urged all Skill Centers to ensure that trainings are not only operationalized, but also used to the fullest extent possible to improve the quality of emergency care services in the state. She also asked the Disaster Management Cell to communicate with partner institutions on a regular basis and monitor their operations to ensure the initiative’s success.
Advantages and Prospects
The activities under the NELS entail developing emergency life support training modules for doctors, nurses and paramedics after experts’ consultations and based on the Indian context, setting up and equipping skill centers in medical colleges under Center/States to impart skill-based training on emergency life support for all categories of health functionaries, 120 skills centers to be established under SFC (FY: 2021-26) (out of which 90 skill centers are in various stage of development).
This programmed will result in the formation of a national pool of trained doctors, nurses, and paramedics who will be able to offer standardized emergency life support and minimize mortality from medical emergencies. This will help with overall disaster preparedness and response in terms of emergency clinical care. Medical emergencies, surgical emergencies, cardiac emergencies, respiratory emergencies (including ventilator management protocol for COVID-19 and other diseases), trauma-related emergencies, obstetric emergencies, pediatric emergencies, snake bites, poisoning, and other medical emergencies are all covered in the NELS course.