Aviation medicine

The researches find that the a specialised air ambulance service started by two doctors trained in the U.K., has announce plans to launch its Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) in India which will be made available to seriously injured road accident victims free of cost. Therefore The company is talking to various States to roll out the service.

Air ambulance service

HEMS is  equipy with a dedicate fleet of helicopter ambulances to provide more than first aid and medication at the accident spot. Because It will have advanced ICU equipment and monitoring devices; ventilator and surgical equipment as well as a team of doctors and nurses trained to treat injuries and conduct operations on the accident spot, if required, before moving the victim to the appropriate hospital.

“This will be the first service of its kind to be make available in India. We have been working on this project for five years and have invested around ₹10 crore for this,” Dr. Rahul Singh Sardar; therefore co-founder and director, ICATT said. He said HEMS is the need of the hour, with one person dying on India’s roads every three minutes.

First aid and medication

The cost of operating HEMS round-the-clock in the State would cost ₹125 crore per helicopter for four years; which is less than the cost of establishing a general hospital in a district.  A State like Maharashtra would require about three helicopters to successfully implement this service. While the service will be free of cost to accident victims, the State and insurance companies will bear the cost.

Establishing a general hospital

To support HEMS, ICATT has started a training programme called Fellowship in Aviation Medicine for doctors and paramedics. The availability of helicopter ambulance service varies widely across different European countries, a recent study suggests. This inconsistency could lead to greater inequity in access to healthcare; the authors write in the Emergency Medicine Journal.

“These services are variable in so many ways in terms of geographic coverage and population coverage,” said senior study author Dr. Jan Jansen of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Center for Injury Sciences. “This isn’t a problem confine to Europe,” he told Reuters Health in a phone interview. “We’re starting to look at the details here in the U.S. to understand the whole story of emergency medical services coverage.”