With chipped toe nails to abrasions on limbs, most injuries attended to at the Emergency Medical Rooms (EMRs) of railway stations are ones that can easily be avoided.
Although armed with cardiac facilities and incubation services, the doctors posted at railway stations such as Dadar, Thane, Mulund, Andheri, Borivli and Churchgate, where EMR facilities have been kickstarted, claim they only need dressing and do first aid to most patients who come to them. “If youngsters stop their stunts on trains and people stop chasing running trains, accidents can be curbed to a great extent,” says Dr Ganesh Patil, who tends to at least 15 to 20 passengers a day at Dadar station.
A typical answer that he receives from injured passengers is that they were attempting to board a crowded train that had started moving.
On an average, 10 people get injured and eight die on railway tracks in Mumbai everyday, data from suburban railways show.
Most of these accidents occur during peak hours when passengers attempt to board a crowded train or fall while running to catch it. “The injuries are mild and can be tackled at our level by sutures or dressing. Only cases of deep cuts and wherein amputation is needed, are referred to the nearby Sion Hospital,” Patil says. Dadar, which is at the junction of Western and Central Railway, receives the maximum cases of injured passengers.
At the 15×10 feet emergency room at Thane’s railway station’s platform number 1, Dr Asmita Kamble says most cases she tends to are of toe nails getting uprooted while getting off the trains. In such cases, antiseptic is applied and the toe is covered with a gauze tape.
The first such space in Mumbai, the Thane EMR started a year ago. It is handled by Arogyam Hospital in Kopri and receives four to five patients everyday. Although there has been a decline in the number of injured patients from eight to four now, Kamble says sometimes passengers suffer from blood pressure problems due to crowded trains.
“Some people also end up with minor fractures to their legs while getting off the train. We send them to the Thane Civil Hospital,” she added.
The commuters are charged a nominal fee of Rs 100, but exceptions are made for those who cannot afford payment.
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