Training in Basic Life Support as part of the iMEdD’s ideas zone

In a world where emergencies can strike unexpectedly, being equipped with life-saving skills becomes indispensable. Recognizing this critical need, the Foreign Press Association has joined hands with the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Intensive Care Task Force to organize two seminars on March 28 and April 11, in the context of iMEdD’s ideas zone, aimed at providing essential training in Basic Life Support (BLS) and the use of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs).

Journalists often find themselves in unpredictable and sometimes hazardous situations while covering stories. Whether reporting from conflict zones, natural disaster sites, or even local events, they may encounter emergencies where immediate medical intervention is necessary. Having knowledge of Basic Life Support equips them with the skills to administer first aid and potentially stabilize individuals in distress until professional medical help arrives.

Moreover, journalists frequently work in remote or isolated locations where access to medical facilities may be limited. In such circumstances, their ability to provide immediate assistance can be crucial in preventing further harm or even saving lives. Additionally, journalists often interact closely with the public, and possessing Basic Life Support skills enables them to assist not only themselves or their colleagues but also members of the communities they report on.

Details about the seminar

Sixty participants will engage in hands-on exercises using human models and real automatic external defibrillators, under the guidance of experienced instructors certified by the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and the Hellenic Cardiology Society (HCS). This practical emphasis ensures that attendees not only understand the theoretical concepts but also gain confidence in applying them in real-life scenarios. Moreover, upon completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate from the ERC, recognized throughout Europe, validating their competency in BLS and AED usage.

The seminars will take place at the training centre of the Hellenic Society of Cardiology (6 Potamianou Street, Athens).

More info about the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Intensive Care Task Force:
For over two decades, the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Intensive Care Task Force has been at the forefront of organizing certified BLS courses, endorsed by the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and the Hellenic Cardiology Society (HCS). They have successfully trained and certified a diverse range of professionals and citizens (hospital staff, firefighters, police officers, parliamentarians, students, etc.) in almost all the Municipalities of Attica.