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News : Soon, 108 to Respond with Bike Ambulances
Chennai, India, Jan 18, 2016 -- From horse-drawn carriages that ferried the diseased to sophisticated air ambulances lifting soldiers, the life-saving vehicle has come a long way . The Tamil Nadu health department is all set to add a new dimension to it with the launch of bike ambulances in the state.
Aimed at reducing deaths due to road accidents, the trauma care initiative will help circumvent heavy traffic which holds up regular ambulances and deliver quicker first-aid. The health department, as a part of a pilot to test the project's efficiency , is planning to launch the first phase in Chennai and in Kumbakonam during the `Mahamaham' festival falling on February 22.
A senior official in the department said the initiative is aimed at enhancing the response time to help victims stuck in congested areas. "The golden hour principle is essential while dealing with road accidents. In urban areas, precious time is lost in traffic and at times the victim loses his or her life. A bike ambulance could be the gamechanger," he said.
The bikes would carry medical supplies and the rider would administer crucial emergency care until a regular ambulance arrives. "The bike rider will be trained paramedic. The paramedic is expected to reach the accident spot within minutes of receiving information and provide basic first aid and resuscitation to the victim," said the official.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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