Emergency care is a major part of healthcare delivery; this includes acute care for accidents and disasters and quick appropriate response to several medical emergencies. In India 80 per cent of accident victims do not get access to apt medical care during the ‘Golden Hour’, leading to increased number of fatalities. To address this concern and equip emergency caregivers, Fortis Hospital Mulund launched the ‘National Trauma Life Support Program’ in association with the Society for Emergency Medicine India, at the hospital. It was launched by Dr Sandeep Gore, HOD-Emergency Medicine, Fortis Hospital Mulund under the guidance of Dr S. Narayani, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital, Mulund. Dr Ramesh Punjani, President, Indian Medical Association (Mulund) was the guest of the honor.
The program is accredited by Maharashtra Medical Council for 3 CPD credit points and is endorsed by the Association of National Board Accredited Institute (ANBAI). It is designed to train doctors involved in Emergency Care and Acute Trauma care. Aiming to empower all specialised medical professionals in Mumbai, the initiative will help train them in management of polytrauma (Major Trauma) patients and deliver Golden Hour care. The program includes lectures and training modules on lifesaving skills such as airway management, inserting chest tube, FAST etc. To be hosted every quarter, the participants will be certified upon completion of the course, and after passing the examination.
Speaking about the importance of the program, Dr Sandeep Gore, HOD-Emergency Medicine, Fortis Hospital, Mulund and Course Director, National Trauma Life Support Program, said, “Trauma is neglected disease in India. As per statistics, every 1.9minutes someone dies due to injury, 80 per cent of trauma victims don’t get Golden Hour care, 30 per cent of trauma patients die even before they reach the Emergency Department. There is a dearth of proper pre-hospitalisation care and deficiency of well trained professionals in administering polytrauma care. To progressively change this scenario, we designed this program. For budding medical professionals, it is very important to understand and master art of saving lives within the Golden Hour. We aim to further our belief in saving and enriching lives through this initiative”.