Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training in Sri Lanka – Important landmarks

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Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training in Sri Lanka – Important landmarks

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  1. CPR teaching program was first started in 1993 at the accident service- General Hospital –Colombo by the college of Anaesthesiologists of Sri Lanka. Since then adult cardio pulmonary resuscitation training in Sri Lanka has been almost exclusively carried out by the college of Anaesthesiologists of Sri Lanka, training thousands of health care providers in resuscitation techniques.
  2. Inclusion of CPR teaching to post graduate training.
  • MD Anaesthesiology Part IA examination – CPR -viva voce was introduced in early  2000
  • It was decided to have CPR certification as a prerequisite for sitting Part 1A in 2005
  • CPR workshop was added as preparation course MD Anaesthesiology -1A– 2005
  • CPR teaching at Accident Service –NHSL was converted to CPR certification course in 2007. The CPR workshop is held every Tuesday in the Trauma Lecture Theatre of the Accident Service, NHSL, Colombo. Certification is granted after a MCQ paper and a practical examination. More than 75% should be scored at the MCQ examination for a candidate to proceed to the practical examination.
  1. CPR committee was established on 30thNovember 2012 to coordinate and streamline CPR training with the approval of the council of the College of Anaesthesiologists of Sri Lanka which
  2. Above committee was renamed as working committee on resuscitation on 30th May 2014.
  3. Regular CPR training at 4 regional centers – (Galle , Kandy, Ragama & Jaffna) was established by 2013
  4. CPR certification for pre-intern doctors with the collaboration of the Ministry of Health Sri Lanka– started in 2012 September – Trained about 875 in 2012 & 1050 in 2013.
  5. Emergency first aid & basic life support-Community based training – Nalanda College , Colombo 10 – on May 2013& 11 July 2014.
  6. The college of Anaesthesiologists of Sri Lanka have signed a course collaboration agreement with the European Resuscitation Council ( ERC) to conduct agreed Advanced Life Support provider courses & Generic Instructor Courses (GIC) in Sri Lanka in July 2013.
  7. European Resuscitation Council -ERC courses.

Following courses were successfully conducted with the participation of ERC  instructors.



Number participated

ALS   provider

1st & 2nd Nov 2014


GIC(Generic Instructor)

4th & 5th Nov 2014


Immediate Life Support

13th Nov 2014



  1. We have restructured CPR training conducted by the College of Anaesthesiologists & Intensivists of Sri Lanka taking into consideration of available scientific evidence :
  2. We have conducted 8 One day Immediate Life Support (ILS) course in 2014 -Trained about 180 doctors & 20 Nurses in 2014 .ILS course manual with pre course MCQ were sent to participants at least 3 weeks prior to the course. Those who performed well in ILS course were selected as candidates with instructor  potential.
  3. One day advanced life support course with online study material is now open for registration.