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Puducherry institute’s golden-hour service from Wednesday

Well-equipped ambulances will transport accident victims to hospital free of cost. Photo: T. Singaravelou

Well-equipped ambulances will transport accident victims to hospital free of cost. Photo: T. Singaravelou   | Photo Credit: Photo: T. Singaravelou

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All retrieval services are free of cost at the first call level, which means that patients are not charged for the transportation to the nearest hospital.

In a bid to ensure critical medical aid to road accident victims in the shortest possible time within the golden hour, the Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) will begin Emergency Ambulance and Retrieval Services (PEARS).

The main purpose of starting this service is to provide emergency care within the shortest possible time and also provide retrieval and transport services to any destination within Puducherry.

All retrieval services are free of cost at the first call level, which means that patients are not charged for the transportation to the nearest hospital.

The service will be inaugurated by Chief Minister N. Rangasamy on Wednesday.

John Abraham, Director and Principal of PIMS, said that if proper medical care was provided to a victim within the first 60 minutes of the accident , or the golden hour, damage can be minimised and the chances of survival enhanced. PIMS has procured two ambulances and two motorbikes for the service and plans to increase the fleet subsequently.

In the event of an accident, motorbike ambulance services will be the first responders to provide emergency medical care to people in congested areas where ambulances cannot reach quickly. The motorbike ambulance team, including a paramedic and technician, will rush to the accident site and provide first aid and resuscitate the victim.

A well-equipped ambulance with emergency life support system will follow the team and transport the patient to the nearest hospital or tertiary care centre of his choice for treatment. As many as 15 paramedics have been trained on the basics of trauma care, including extraction of victim from the accident site and stabilisation of the victim.

At least 100 to 150 accident cases are reported every month at PIMS. Most of them are trauma-related injuries and require surgical interventions, Dr. Abraham said.

A 24 x 7 call centre has been set up at PIMS. As the caller dials toll free number 1800 425 9009, the control room will take down the location and the team will rush to the accident site to resuscitate the victim. Two mobile numbers, 8903204400 and 8903404400, have been assigned for easy access of the service.

PIMS is also exploring the possibility of creating a wireless communication network for the fleet of ambulances with connectivity to the hospital and the control room.

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