Helplines: Ambulances for accident victims, pregnant women

A number of helplines for senior citizens, women, children, accident victims, students and health workers are operational in the city. Do they work? A reality check.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published: November 22, 2015 2:01:08 am
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THE Maharashtra Emergency Medical Services 108, functional since January 2014, has helped as many as 5,34,041 patients across the state.

In Pune district, 85 ambulances are functional and, till date, 36,783 patients have benefited from the MEMS 108 service. Under the scheme, 2,300 hospitals are recognised as destination hospitals for MEMS. Among the calls, a majority — 1.98 lakh calls — were for medical emergencies; 1.67 lakh calls requested ambulance service for pregnant woman in labour. This was followed by 73,807 calls for ambulance for accident victims and 23,266 calls for patients suffering from intoxication and poisoning.

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At least 17,535 calls were for ambulance for people who had fallen from a height or at home; 8,796 calls were for helping assault victims and others were related to burns and cardiac arrests, Dnyaneshwar Shelke, CEO of MEMS, told The Indian Express. Births in ambulances are very common and, till date, 5,630 deliveries have been successfully done in ambulances, he added.

Citing an instance of how the ambulance service works, Shelke said on November 11, 108 control room received a call for a 32-year-old man, who had met with an accident while riding a two-wheeler.

On arrival at the scene, the Emergency Medical Service Officer (ambulance doctor) found the patient unconscious. He had head injury, dilated pupils and vomiting. There were increased secretions from his mouth. Immediate suctioning was done and his breathing maintained. He was admitted to the nearest appropriate hospital. Quick response of the ambulance and appropriate pre-hospital care provided by the EMS officer helped save the man’s life, he said.

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