Physicians updated on cardiac life-support techniques

Updated 01 February 2014
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Physicians updated on cardiac life-support techniques

King Abdulaziz Medical City in Jeddah and Life Support Training Center-Postgraduate Education and Academic Affairs held a two-day course on advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) from Jan. 29-30 at the Deanship Building of King Saud bin Abdul Aziz University-Health Science (KSAU-HS) in Jeddah.
The course was mandatory for all cardiac physicians in the city. Several doctors and nurses from the ICU (Intensive Care Unit), CCU (Coronary Care Unit), and Emergency room also attended the course led by Dr. Abdulhalim Kinsara, the course director. The course provided the participants with the latest information and protocols for Acute Cardiac Care and Advanced Life Support in accordance with the standards and guidelines of the American Heart Association.
ACLS courses are designed to enhance the health care professional’s ability to treat and manage (as a team) adult patients during cardiac arrest, direct team members during resuscitation and manage the patient in the immediate post-resuscitation phase.
Kinsara said that the course dwelt on advanced life support techniques and imparted knowledge on chest compression in case of cardiac arrests.
The course is conducted in accordance with the Saudi Heart Association and American Heart Association curriculum. As explained by Kinsara, this curriculum is one of the most comprehensive courses available worldwide and provides hands-on training.
Similar courses on how to deal with cardiac arrest are also available for the general public. The curriculum programs are updated every three years.
On completion of the course, participants will be able to demonstrate airway management and resuscitation skills. Kinsara said that the same course has been scheduled for the whole year. “This will be a routine in the future and will go a long way in saving precious lives,” he added.
Any doctor or hospital wishing to participate in future courses can get technical help from Life Support Training Center (LSTC) members.


Riyadh hosts commercial arbitration conference

Updated 14 min 34 sec ago
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Riyadh hosts commercial arbitration conference

Hussam Al Mayman RIYADH: The inaugural International Conference on Commercial Arbitration began on Monday in Riyadh.
The conference, organized by the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration, has gathered six ministers, 47 experts from 15 countries, and a number of decision-makers.
Dr. Hamed Meera, the center’s executive director, said it is in the advanced stages with the Justice Ministry of transferring some commercial mediation cases from commercial courts to the center.
It has entered into a strategic partnership with one of the oldest arbitration centers in the world, the AAA, to prepare the Saudi center’s rules and training of staff, Meera added.
The center provides effective alternatives to settle commercial disputes instead of going straight to court, he said.
“The center is not a competitor to the judiciary courts, but is complementary and aims to reduce the burden on them,” he added.
“The center is one of Vision 2030’s initiatives to facilitate business and attract foreign investment,” he said.
“It provides an effective, efficient and independent dispute-settlement solution, and extensive flexibility and broad options for parties in terms of choice of law, language, selection, nationality, specialization, arbitration sessions and time.”
During his speech at the conference, Justice Minister Walid Al-Samani said arbitration is a means to support the settlement of disputes.
“Commercial arbitration contributes to the speed of completing and settling disputes. We are very optimistic about what has been achieved by the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration, and the support for institutional arbitration must be broadened,” he added.
“I am optimistic about the efforts and enthusiasm I have seen. We need more awareness of commercial arbitration, and we look forward to a greater role of chambers of commerce in this direction.”