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

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.

  • 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 to the part 1A preparation course – 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.
  • 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
  • Above committee was renamed as working committee on resuscitation on 30th May 2014 .
  • Regular CPR training at 4 regional centres – (Galle, Kandy, Ragama & Jaffna)  was established by 2013
  • 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.
  • Emergency first aid & basic life support-Community based training – commenced from Nalanda College – Colombo 10 – May 2013.
  • European Resuscitation council Advanced Life Support courses -November 2014


  • 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.