The College of Medicine’s BLS Training Center has been accredited by the American Heart Association, after training 400 trainees in one year and fulfilling the accreditation standards approved by the association. The accreditation will enable the center to provide specialized medical courses in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid, with special licensing and support for training supplies and scientific materials from the association.
According to the Professor of Sheikh Saleh Serafi Chair for Coronary Arterial Diseases, Prof. Abdul-Halim Serafi, the center has obtained portfolios intended for the students of general education schools and implemented free training programs for students over the past years, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. This is part of the community service provided by the center through the members of the Heart Club at the University's College of Medicine.
Since its establishment in May 2016, the BLS Center at Umm Al-Qura University has been providing training services to male and female students, faculty members, specialists and technicians in health colleges, especially during the Hajj season. It also serves the relevant colleges by activating various courses and contributes to raising community members' awareness of ways to save people who are having a heart attack or undergoing suffocation to avoid aggravation of the case and reduce the mortality rate caused by the delay in dealing with it.
It is noteworthy that the American Heart Association (AHA) was founded in 1924 in New York City as the Heart Disease Prevention and Alleviation Association. It is a national voluntary health agency that funds specialized medical research in heart and blood vessels, educates community members about the concept of a healthy life, and promotes appropriate cardiac care. This is in order to reduce mortality and potential disability from cardiovascular disease and stroke.