The Telegraph
Wednesday , January 29 , 2014
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Golden drive for trauma care

Survival chances may have just doubled for victims of road mishaps in Ranchi.

The traffic department is tying up with more than two dozen private hospitals and heal hubs to rush ambulances, first aid and life-saving drugs to accidents sites to buffer trauma deaths.

The initiative — code named the Golden Hour System — will be flagged off by Jharkhand Assembly Speaker Shashank Shekhar Bhokta from the police control room near Kutchery Chowk in the capital on February 1.

Golden hour is the first hour after a traumatic injury, when emergency treatment is most likely to be successful.

To ensure that accident victims are rushed to hospital as soon as possible, the traffic department has divided Ranchi into various zones and identified heal hubs in each.

The mishap-prone pockets include Main Road, Irba, Karamtoli, Lower Bazar, Tupudana, Singh More, Hatia, Harmu Road, Lalpur Chowk, Kathal More, Bariatu, Devi Mandap area, Piska More, Station Road, Hinoo, Gandhinagar, Bahubazar, HEC area, Namkum and Booty More.

If an accident takes place in a place other than those identified, the injured will be rushed to the nearest private hospital. For instance, if a person is injured near Jail More, first aid or ambulance can be sent from Karamtoli.

Some heal hubs identified for the purpose comprise Raj Hospital and Research Centre on Main Road, Nagarmal Modi Seva Sadan on Lake Road, Apollo Hospitals at Irba, Harmu Hospital and Research Centre, KC Roy Memorial Hospital in Lalpur and Dev Kamal Hospital at Kathal More.

Traffic SP Rajiv Ranjan Singh said the move was primarily aimed at stopping road mishap from turning fatal.

“We have selected these private hospitals and nursing homes so that victims of accidents can get immediate relief and their lives can be saved. We often see that a person is injured at Kathal More and by the time he is brought to RIMS, his condition deteriorates or he succumbs to injuries. But, now we have tied up with Dev Kamal Hospital near Kathal More where he can be rushed to.”

According to figures collected by traffic police, nearly 13,000-14,000 people lost their lives in road mishaps in 2013.

Ranjan expressed hope that the drive would help save thousands of lives. “We are launching this campaign as a part of Ranchi police’s CSR initiatives in collaboration with Association of Hospital and Nursing Homes of Jharkhand and FJCCI,” he said.

Citizens could call 100, 0651-2217100 and 0651-2215855 in times of emergency. “Hopefully we will able to minimise casualties,” the SP added.

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