In 2000, CMCRTC hosted a series of training courses organized by Emergency Care Training (HK), the American Heart Association Hong Kong International Training Organization (ITO). At the completion of the training, 23 of our staff were certified as BLS instructors and 8 as ACLS instructors.
In October 2001, Emergency Care Training (HK) on behalf of AHA signed an agreement with CMCRTC authorizing the centre as a Training Center (TC). CMCRTC became the first Training Center of the American Heart Association (AHA) in Hong Kong.
In the October 2001, the Centre successfully organized an ACLS course which was attended by 12 candidates. The course was the first ACLS course taught under the new 2000 guidelines in Hong Kong. Currently, we are scheduling regular fortnightly BLS course for health care providers. We propose to run at least five ACLS-Provider courses per year.
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CMC's Resuscitation Training Centre was set up in response to a perceived need - to upgrade and standardise our staff's knowledge and skills in this area. Many people have worked long and hard to achieve this goal. Our trainers are recruited from our own staff and also sister hospitals within the Hong Kong Hospital Authority. Their enthusiasm and commitment is infectious. Our service has now expanded to include trainees drawn from both public and private sectors with a range of courses offered. We hope in this way to offer training to those who would like to improve and standardise their skills in resuscitation. After meeting our running costs, resources are channeled back into developing our service further. Through planned activities within our local community, school particularly initially, we also hope to raise awareness and skills amongst the general public.
Dr. Helen Tinsley, HCE, Caritas Medical Centre
The Resuscitation Training Centre (RTC) of Caritas Medical Centre was set up in 1996 by a group of doctors and nurses interested in improving the standards of resuscitation. The Centre was made possible with the enthusiastic support of our HCE, Dr. Helen Tinsley and a grant from Caritas Hong Kong.
In 1997, BLS instructors were trained and accredited by the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), Canada. Within two years, almost all of CMC's 600 nursing staff were certified in BLS (Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada) and regular yearly re-certification programme is in place. BLS training is also provided for nursing staff of other HA and private hospitals as well as our own engineering staff and radiographers.
CMC Resuscitation Training Centre is dedicated to improving the outcome of both in-hospital and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by providing quality education and training in first aid and resuscitation to both health care providers and lay people.