Special Correspondent

Seminar organised on trauma care in the `golden hour'

MP seeks transport policy for MysoreIncrease in number of vehicles has contributed to the rise in accidents, he says

MYSORE: More than 60,000 deaths on the roads and over a million people crippled due to road accidents. Many of these lives can be saved if medical aid is administered in what is referred to as the "golden hour" in medical parlance. But the police insist on following the "procedure," doctors refuse to attend medico-legal cases and the public fear police harassment even as the victim succumbs to injuries. It was to address these issues that a seminar was held in the city on Saturday to create awareness that the law is not an impediment to rendering medical aid to accident victims.

The seminar, "Golden Hour and Accident Trauma: Role of Police, Public and Doctors," was organised by Mysore City Police and Hosmat Hospital, Bangalore.

It was aimed at sensitising the public, doctors and the police about the factual and legal positions in case of accidents, and devising a methodology to facilitate faster evacuation and treatment of accident victims.

Praveen Sood, Commissioner of Police, said the Supreme Court has made it clear in the Parmanad Vs Union of India and others case that every injured citizen brought for medical treatment should immediately be given medical aid to preserve life, and thereafter the procedural criminal law should be allowed to operate in order to avoid negligent death. "There is no legal impediment for a medical professional when he is called upon or requested to attend to an injured person who needs his assistance immediately. The effort to save the person should be the top priority of not only the medical practitioner, but also the police and the citizens who witness the accident".

Mr. Sood said there are also other misconceptions regarding medico-legal cases not only among the public, but also among doctors. They have a wrong impression that patients cannot be treated unless formalities such as FIR are completed, he said.

C.H. Vijayshankar, Mysore MP, released a brochure on the occasion. He urged the Government to formulate a transport policy for Mysore in view of its projected growth in the years ahead. He said that the increase in the number of vehicles has contributed to the rise in accidents.

It called for a blue print for reducing road congestions by formulating a long-term perspective for the city, which is the "second fastest growing city in the State after Bangalore."

Minister for Transport Chaluvarayaswamy participated in the seminar.