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Recently, it was flashed in the media that people are struggling outside the hospitals to get a bed. Several celebrities have also conveyed that they had to wait for hours to get a bed during this Covid crisis. Immediate parallels are drawn between the UK and the USA. In other words, how our systems in India are obtuse and uncaring. They have no measure of individual pain and hence people have to wait for hours to get a bed in the hospitals.
In a recent study conducted in the National Capital Region (NCR), it was examined as to how long it took a typical patient to get a bed when he/she reached the hospital. A sample of 284 attendants of Covid patients reported that it took nearly two hours for them to get the person admitted to the hospital.
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Some did start attending the patient in about 45 minutes but the total time for admission and start of some form of treatment was two hours. This data pertains to non-trauma hospital admissions only. Now, is the average time of two hours less or more is something that needs to be examined. Furthermore, can anyone get admitted to super-specialty hospitals such as AIIMS, PGI, etc. and can anyone get admitted to a hospital in the US and the UK directly?
One hundred percent of the respondents had come to the hospital without having visited any medical doctors prior to coming to the hospital. Sixty-four percent had sought telephonic advice and the remaining were advised by their attendants, family members, or/and self to go to hospital as they felt worsening of symptoms. Therefore, it would be interesting to see if this is possible in the US or the UK.
The average wait-time in the A&E (accidents and emergency) area in the UK was well above six hours prior to 1997. It was under Prime Minister Tony Blair that a key target was established for the National Health Service to reduce the maximum for a patient to wait in the A&E department to four hours.
While this appeared to be an uphill task at that time, it was found that even if this was achieved the majority of the time, it would be an extraordinary success for the National Health Service in the UK. The results were less than encouraging. In an article written by John Carvel (2003) in The Guardian and later cited in the paper by Kelman and Friedman in 2009, it was reported that two-thirds of the NHS A&E department in England faked the data on improvements in wait times. In other words, wait-time remained abysmal.
According to an article in Harvard Business Review written by Nicos Savva and Tolga Tezcan in 2019, the average wait-time for patients entering emergency in the US is one-and-a-half hours. It was reported in the same article that patients who arrived in the emergency with broken bones had to wait on an average for 54 minutes. Consequently, I am not sure if the wait of two hours for patients to be admitted is high or low.
Every single minute can be excruciatingly painful for a person before receiving care and getting admitted. However, I am not sure if we still have fast enough systems across the world to address this matter. Second, can a patient directly walk into a hospital in the UK and the US? Both have a referral system. In other words, all those who are eligible will have a primary care physician (general physician). This primary care physician refers the patient for diagnostics and further treatment. In other words, the patients must be referred by their primary care physicians to the hospitals.
It is only in emergency situations that the patient can come to a hospital directly. However, in India’s context, most of the patients who come to the OPD do not go to the primary healthcare centers, general physicians, mohalla clinics, etc. before coming to the hospitals.
The doctors in India continue to provide care to hundreds of OPD patients in government and non-government hospitals daily without turning anyone away. It must be recognized that the Indian healthcare system, therefore, is least discriminating globally.
While patients in Indian OPDs come and wait for hours, they are given care nevertheless by our doctors in the most effective manner given the circumstances. One hundred percent of the respondents stated that they were able to get medical advice on the phone or in person within hours. When asked to estimate the time, 94 percent of the respondents stated that they could manage to get a doctor on the phone in less than an hour and 88 percent were able to schedule an appointment with a doctor the same day.
However, it is not easy for patients in some of the advanced countries to get a doctor’s appointment on the same day or the next day. The Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Eleven Countries shows the percentage of adults who were able to get a same-day or next-day appointment when they needed care.
It is interesting that most of these countries have populations (other than the US and the UK) nearly that of Delhi state or even lesser. The UK’s population is nearly the same as that of Rajasthan. The delivery of healthcare remains and will continue to remain challenging due to the size of our population and the resources available, but not because of the people who are delivering the services. Consequently, while we must continue to strive to find ways to improve, augment, and innovate, but at the same time, it may be a bit more useful to be appreciative of the healthcare providers and the /healthcare system in our country. (IANS/SP)
As house prices and social isolation continue to rise, co-living is the latest buzzword among millennials as it provides them with a desirable house at affordable costs, while providing a much needed communal living experience during such unprecedented times.
With the world embracing a hybrid work and study style, a lot of millennials will look to relocate to their base city but will require better living spaces to ensure that WFH runs smoothly as well. As the world adjusts to a new normal, and with a millennial population of over 440 million in the country, the co-living sector is set to rise rapidly and witness a whole new set of innovations.
Isthara Co-Living shares 5 trends that are set to redefine the co-living space in the coming year:
Enahnced safety and hygiene protocols:
Safety standards have become the biggest selling point for co-living spaces and they are expected to move beyond the standard safety protocols and enhance their hygiene quotient in a big way to build on the momentum. Apart from the standard hygiene protocols, new possible safety measures include safe cleaning and hygiene standards, thermal sensors, which will notify people in case someone is running a temperature, regular fumigations, CCTV cameras in public spaces to ensure social distancing is followed, or facilities like self-cleaning buttons in elevators.
Apart from the standard hygiene protocols, new possible safety measures include safe cleaning and hygiene standards, thermal sensors. | Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash
Technology led innovations:
As many universities are holding classes online, and work from home is becoming increasingly popular, technology is the way of the future. The co-living players will look to amalgamate cutting-edge technology to cater to the growing work and study needs of millennials. Touchless technology and applications are on the rise in the sector.
Technology is the future, as many colleges offer online courses and working from home is becoming more prevalent. | Photo by Marvin Meyer on Unsplash
Flexible and convenient housing solutions:
Innovations such as flexible lock-in periods, weekly rentals, customised housing services, tailor-made amenities, transfer to the company's co-living space in another city, contemporary workspaces are some of the options that will be explored in an effort to entice today's fast-moving millennial population. All in all, players in the segment will look to create a ready-to-move-in space that is hassle-free for residents. If some housing segment caters specifically to one certain profile or profession, operators may also look to customise the place according to the needs of the profile.
Owners can customise the place according to the needs of their job profile. | Photo by Brina Blum on Unsplash
Revamp of co-living spaces:
Revamping space to give houses a more contemporary look focused more on enabling efficient work/study spaces, incubating spaces, and a complete overhaul of amenities. The blurring line between work and living will be a major trend in co-living, to match the evolving work-life integration needs.
The blurring of work-life boundaries will be a prominent trend in co-living. | Photo by R ARCHITECTURE on Unsplash
Increased focus on community living:
People are looking to address the urban isolation situation, and are looking for avenues to unwind and engage with a varied set of people within a community. Co-living operators are set to further strengthen their community ecosystem in the coming year, to ensure that people create meaningful connections and combat loneliness.
People are seeking for ways to interact with a diverse group of people inside a community to combat urban loneliness. | Photo by Shane Rounce on Unsplash
The pandemic may lead to a complete rethinking of how these spaces will continue to exist, and the sector will continue to provide a fresh new perspective to how young Indians view urban living. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: population, urban, milennials, housing, community, innovation, study, protocols, hygiene, safety, space, Housing Solution, Co-living)
Meta-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram has started testing subscriptions, a new feature allowing creators to offer paid followers access to exclusive content. Currently, only 10 US creators have gained access to the new feature, including basketball player Sedona Prince, model Kelsey Cook, actor-influencer Alan Chikin Chow, Olympic gymnast Jordan Chiles and digital creator Lonnie IIV.
"Subscriptions are for creators," Instagram chief Adam Mosseri said in a video posted on Twitter. "Creators do what they do to make a living and it's important that it is predictable." Followers will pay a monthly fee to access subscriber-only content from creators they follow. Subscription pricing ranges from $0.99 per month to $99.99 per month.
Instagram users who subscribe to a creator will have access to subscriber-only stories, live streams, and other content. | Photo by Claudio Schwarz on Unsplash
Instagram users who subscribe to a creator will have access to subscriber-only stories, live streams, and other content. Meanwhile, Instagram is also reportedly testing Stories redesign with vertical scrolling in its app. As noted by social media consultant Matt Navarra, some users located in Turkey have received an Instagram update that brings vertical scrolling to Stories.
While Stories from the same user can still be viewed by tapping the left or right side of the screen, jumping to the next user's Stories requires a swipe down. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: subscriber, feature, testing, Instagram, followers, scrolling, users, content creators, stories)
Many stray animals are trying to survive as the temperature in the capital continues to drop. Many strays lose this battle trying to find food and warmth under a scrap of clothing or caged up in the corner of streets. The Perroayuda Welfare Foundation (PWF), a Delhi-based animal welfare organisation, recently held a Mega Stray Feeding Drive in Lajpat Nagar with the goal of feeding all of the area's stray animals. These wonderful Samaritans come from all around Delhi-NCR with one goal in mind: to rescue, feed, and adopt all animals in need.
Many stray animals are trying to survive as the temperature in the capital continues to drop. | Af.Mil
PWF has previously staged feeding drives in Netaji Subhash Place, Connaught Place, North Campus, Delhi University, and other locations throughout the city. A group of 70 volunteers fed over 100 stray dogs in the vicinity and provided water in earthen bowls. To raise awareness about the issue of stray animals, volunteers talked with businesses, local authorities, customers, and hawkers. The actions of this group of young animal advocates were recognised and supported.
"Donations come in from all around the world." To save strays and pay for their treatment, we rely completely on donations. "Every day, our organisation feeds roughly 1000 stray dogs," says Arpit Mathur, the organisation's founder. "Throughout the day, we receive SOS calls. We can only accomplish so much with our limited staff and resources. We hope that more young people, like us, would join us in this cause." In Rohini, the NGO also maintains a recovery centre. Currently, the recovery centre accommodates roughly 40 animals, including cats, dogs, monkeys, and a few unusual birds.
To rescue, feed, and adopt all animals in need is the goal of these people. | Photo by Camilo Fierro on Unsplash
PWF seeks to discover and feed all stray animals in need, as well as provide them with food, care, affection, and medical treatment, and organise Mega Stray Feeding Drives to raise awareness and adoption. "We discover stray animals, pet them, and feed them - no one deserves to be hungry," Mathur adds. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: adopt, feed, rescue, goal, Delhi-NCR, Perroayuda Welfare Foundation, Winter, stray animals, Help, Initiative, volunteer)