Contributed by Zainab Mohsin Jafri.
After being shortlisted from the ever so competitive registration form, as many would say, the gumptious crowd appeared for the two day Level 1 workshop held at OT complex, from 6th to 7th of February. It was attended by the standard 30 participants. All participants were eager to learn and showed immense interest towards our rhapsodizing presenters.
On day 1, the participants were taught about the concept of triage and the SRABC protocol, throughout which they remained thoroughly engrossed. The presentations were followed by hands-on demonstrations. According to one participant, “After attending FRIP, I realized the essentials of trauma care I had no prior knowledge of, and how this basic knowledge can change your outlook on trauma and accidents.” The participant also added, “FRIP has made me more educated and qualified. I feel more worthy now, somehow.”
Topics taught on the second day were;
- Helmet extrication
- Heart attack
- Electrical Injury
The crowd was equally impetus and fascinated on day 2, with the lifesaving tips and their techniques. They asked questions which fascinated and intrigued the instructors in equal measure. Many common myths and misconceptions were cleared along the way. Especially when it came to discussing burns.
The presentations were followed by hands-on demonstrations which yielded the most memorable incident of the workshop. In a display of impressive ingenuity and strength, the newly appointed Level One head, Meeshal Khan, attempted to perform one handed chest compressions at one demo station. While FRIP does not recommend such innovation out in the field, we must commend Madam Coordinator for managing to adequately perform the compressions better than most participants.
The event ended with people acquiring more than what they bargained for, with the crowd left with the anticipation and inspiration to serve as an instructor in FRIP. The workshop ended with a test, which was conducted in two parts, practical and theory, based on what they had been taught over the past two days.
The response from those who attended the workshop was very refreshing. According to them, attending this workshop not only equipped people with the basic knowledge of trauma and accidents but also enables them to think more rationally in an emergency situation.