British Science Week 2017

Name: Dr Ramana Alladi 

Event: British Science Week 

Where: Didsbury Road Primary School 

In celebration of British Science Week earlier this year, Lifebox supporter and Science enthusiast, Dr Ramana Alladi delivered talks to schools in his local area to help engage children in this field.

We caught up with him recently and here’s what we learned.

As part of British Science Week, you visited some primary schools in your local area to deliver talks about the cardiovascular system and to showcase the Lifebox pulse oximeter, how did you get involved in this?

I have been appointed to Governors Board of Didsbury Road Primary School recently. I have recently retired as an anaesthetist from the NHS. I lived in the Heatons where the school is for nearly forty years. I wished to serve the local community which served me and my family so well all these years. Now that I have some free time and my main interest has always been education, I wanted to serve the local schools and the pupils by helping with educational matters and hence the Governor’s position.

My main interest is Science. I was glad to hear about ‘British Science Week’ being celebrated in the schools. It occurred to me that it would be interesting to show some monitors and demonstrate their use, and explain to the children the importance of them. At the same time inform them about people who are deprived of healthcare and make them think about the issue. This way, I felt that this will be educational, fun and serious as well.

What motivated you to support Lifebox?

I have been involved with Lifebox since its inception as a member of the AAGBI Council and helped to raise money and awareness. I continue to do so. Now that I am retired from hospital work I will have time to raise money for the charity.

What did you most enjoy about delivering these talks?

Imparting knowledge has always been my pleasure and helping and interacting with children gives me the greatest pleasure apart from practising medicine. Childhood is the best time to instil good thoughts in their minds. It is fun on the whole.

Why is it important to educate children about safe anaesthesia and pulse oximetry?

Safety is paramount in every aspect of life. Children are tempted to take risks and be adventurous through media and otherwise. It is equally important to learn how to be safe and this concept should be introduced and taught earlier on in life.

I tried to teach the basic aspects of cardiovascular and respiratory physiology by explaining the function of the heart and circulation and described the concepts of pulse, oxygen levels and measurement, blood pressure and monitoring heart. This I did through monitors – pulse oximetry, blood pressure measurement apparatus and ECG machine by connecting the monitors to teachers and children. I also demonstrated the factors that influence pulse rate for example exercise, anxiety and so on pulse and blood pressure.

What does safe anaesthesia mean to you?  

I have been and I continue to be involved in the safety aspects of anaesthesia for over a decade. As a member of the Council of the AAGBI and the Royal College of Anaesthetists I spoke and organised and continue to organise several seminars on safety and continue to hold them at national level.

I am very much involved in the safety of anaesthesia. During my working life time the speciality of anaesthesia has been transformed from being a high risk speciality to a very low-risk speciality. Anaesthesia involves particularly dealing with severely ill patients and is associated with disasters and hence safety is even more important.

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