Wednesday December 11, 2019

Soon a Bike Ambulance may reach you in case of On-road Accidents! Two-wheeler First Responder Vehicles to be Introduced in Delhi soon

FRV paramedics would reach the site of requirement, assess the condition, provide first aid, if required and stabilize the medical condition of the needy person till arrival of ambulance at site.

First Responder Vehicles
Delhi to soon have an ambulance response bike like the response bike of the London Ambulance Service pictured here. Wikimedia

New Delhi, November 10, 2017 : The facility of “First Responder Bike Ambulance” will be introduced, to tackle the congested roads during peak traffic hours, in three districts of Delhi from January next year, an official statement said on Thursday.

The decision was taken in meeting chaired by Lt. Governor Anil Baijal to explore feasibility of improving emergency response services through introduction of the two-wheeler First Responder Vehicles to provide quick pre-hospital care response in congested areas, the statement said.

Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Delhi Police officials, and Medical Superintendents of a few hospitals were also present.

“To meet the requirement of medical assistance in congested areas and also to tackle the congested roads during peak traffic hours, there is a need to deploy First Responder Vehicles (two-wheelers) to complement and supplement the existing ambulances,” the statement said.

These First Responder Vehicles will be driven by trained paramedics, who will carry a basic first aid kit, medicines and other requisite items.

FRV paramedics would reach the site of requirement, assess the condition, provide first aid, if required and stabilize the medical condition of the needy person till arrival of ambulance at site.

The other likely benefits of First Responder Vehicles include low operation and maintenance cost, increased chances of survival and stabilizing of the patient or accident victim.

This facility of First Responder Vehicles will be introduced in three districts of East, North-east and Shahadara. In the first phase, 16 FRVs will be introduced

“It shall reduce the incidence of mortality and morbidity by ensuring that patients receive appropriate medical care within the golden hour,” Baijal said in the statement. (IANS)


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USA observing CPR and AED Awareness Week from June 1-7, to save lives from Cardiac Arrest

The month of June is designated to raise awareness for the practical purposes and training of CPR & AED

CPR training: CPR is being administered while a second rescuer prepares for defibrillation. Image source: Wikipedia

Back in 2007, the American Heart Association, The American Red Cross, and the National Safety Council joined forces and worked fervently to assign one week of the year for CPR & AED Awareness. By December 13 2007, Congress declared that the first week of June will be recognized as CPR & AED Awareness week.

Unfortunately for the people who worked so hard to designate one week of the year to raise awareness on these two rescue tactics, the first week of June coincides with a nationally recognized holiday; Memorial Day. They have taken it upon themselves to recognize the month of June as CPR & AED Awareness Month, as opposed to just using the first week to recognize such an important topic.

CPR and AED Awareness posters. Image source:
CPR and AED Awareness posters. Image source:

The purpose of raising awareness of this first aid training tactic is simple; to save lives. According to the American Red Cross, cardiac arrest is the one of the main causes of death in adults. These sudden cardiac arrests typically happen in homes. The mission of raising awareness is also to ensure that at least one person in every household has received CPR & AED training and can properly aid anyone who may need that specific medical attention.

CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. It is a rescue technique that one individual applies to another who is suffering from cardiac arrest. It is a series of actions that includes compressing on an individual’s chest and breathing air into their lungs. The goal is to ensure that a person’s blood circulation and oxygen in their body stay at functioning levels.

An AED machine in Akihabara Wikimedia Commons
An AED machine in Akihabara. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator. An AED is a machine that you can find attached to walls in many public locations. The defibrillator is used in very serious situations. When used, it restores an individual’s electrical signals to their heart. In these serious situations, if the AED is not used it could result in death or incapacitation.

The importance of CPR & AED is very blatant for anyone to see. It must be noted that these life saving tactics cannot be properly maneuvered if one has not been trained to do so. The attention CPR & AED Awareness Week/Month receives is beneficial to all. Many CPR/AED classes are available for people to take, and information is obtainable. Local events are typically hosted for the awareness week, and The American Heart Association encourages you to look into classes. The AHA also has free printable documents, which you can use to spread the word about CPR & AED Awareness Week in your very own community.