New Delhi: With many accident victims dying
due to lack of proper care during transportation to a health
facility, the government is planning to bring in a National
Ambulance Code to ensure timely delivery of emergency services
and prevent loss of life.
The Ministry of Road and Transport proposes to come up
with a National Ambulance Code for timely delivery of first
aid to victims in order to prevent any loss of life, Dr Shakti
Gupta, medical superintendent of the AIIMS Trauma Centre said
addressing the first International Congress on Emergency
Medical Services System being held here.
Underlining the need for such a code, Dr Gupta said,
"Forty to fifty per cent deaths of accident victims happen due
to inadequate care during transportation. The real concept of
an ambulance is missing in India.
"Existing ambulances are more like transport vehicles and
any vehicle suitable to lay a patient is termed as an
ambulance. The ambulance is inadequately equipped. There is
lack of appropriate and safe tansport for the injured patient
in the form of road ambulancne, air ambulamce etc. That is why
there is a need for the NAC."
Dr Suresh David, Head of the dpeartment of Accident and
Emergency Medicine at Vellore`s Christian Medical College,
said, "In the year 2009, 97 per cent of the trauma victims
came by private vehicles. In the year 2010 we found that 37
per cent came by ambulance. 85 per cent of the accident
victims reached the hospital after 60 minutes."
Chief of AIIMS Trauma Centre Dr MC Misra said,
"Approximately 1,20,000 young lives were lost in road crashes
in 2008 alone. The casualties in the road accidents has
increased by 7.3 per cent in 2009. 1,08,409 males and 18,487
females were killed in a road accident in the year 2009 which
is equal to jumbo crashing everyday. The National Health
profile of India 2009 lists injury as the third leading cause
of death in India."