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THE AMBULANCE TIMES ~Touching ever yone associated with Emergency Medical Ser vices~

Italian player’s death

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Good Samaritan Returns Lost Cash of Patient

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Bangalore woman delivers baby on road, dies Denting the city’s aspirations of emerging as a global medical tourism hub, a woman delivered a baby boy on a busy road and bled to death after she could not avail of timely medical help, at Kamalanagar in west Bangalore on Sunday. The newborn is battling for life in Vani Vilas Hospital. The pregnant woman, believed to be in her mid-20s, appeared before a provisional shop on the Shakti Ganapati Temple Road, Kamalanagar, around 9.30am. She was accompanied by a boy and a girl, both less than four years of age. As the woman went into labour, the shopkeeper asked her if he could help her. As the two children got her some water from the shopkeeper and tried to keep curious onlookers at bay, the woman picked up the newborn and started walking on the road, and then collapsed. Passersby rushed the unconscious woman to Ashok Hospital where doctors cut the umbilical cord of the newborn. The doctors said the woman’s condition was serious and sent her to Vani Vilas Hospital, but she breathed her last before she reached the hospital, where doctors put the baby into the neo-natal intensive care unit. The two children accompanying the woman, meanwhile, were lost. Locals said she was Poornima, a resident of the area. She was living with her sister after her husband abandoned her. However, police did not confirm this.

they pointed out. The lack of that has led to a sudden drop in his body temperature, resulting in plummeting pulse rate as well, they added. Hospital medical superintendent Some Gowda said a newborn’s first few hours are crucial but in this case everything went wrong. “The situation in which he was born wasn’t ideal. No sanitary precautions were taken. He was taken to a park later and we suspect this led

pavement could have been saved if passersby had called 108 ambulance services. “There is no dearth of healthcare facilities and shelters that take care of women in distress. We have services like ‘short-stay’ homes run by Karnataka State Social Welfare Association Board in association with the Central Social Welfare Board. We also have centres like ‘Swadhar’ and a very prompt ambulance service, ‘108’. Citizens who noticed the woman struggling should have called 108 and she could have been saved,” said Nina P Nayak, chairperson, Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

Patient, ambulance driver die in accident

to infection,” he said. “The baby is in a critical condition and it is too early to say anything. A few hours after he was brought here, he suffered a bout of fits. We are finding it really difficult because there is no medical background on his mother. For a blood test or anything else, none of his blood relatives are around. As of now, we are trying to keep him stable,” the doctors said.

CALL 108 FOR HELP

Meanwhile, doctors said the newborn Experts believe the woman who died is in an incubator. Every baby should after giving birth to a baby boy on a be kept warm and covered after birth,

RAIRAKHOL: Two persons, including a patient, were crushed to death after an ambulance of a private hospital met with an accident at Luhapank Chhack on NH-55 under Rairakhol police limits on Thursday morning. The deceased are the patient, Radheshyam Didwania (63), and ambulance driver Hemanta Pradhan (36) of Badamba. Six others sustained injuries in the accident. The ambulance met with the accident while it was shifting the patient to Bhubaneswar for better treatment facilities. The ambulance was behind a four-wheeler when a coal-laden truck rammed the four-wheeler before hitting the ambulance. The seriously injured Gopal Singhania and Pushpa Didwania have been shifted to VSS Medical at Burla.


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Italian player’s death sparks probes into ambulance delay ROME: The death of Italian second division soccer player Piermario Morosini during a game on Saturday has triggered investigations into a delay in the ambulance’s arrival and

calls for more medical equipment at sporting events. The 25-year-old Morosini, a midfielder for Livorno, collapsed after a cardiac arrest in the 31st minute at Pescara in central Italy. He never regained consciousness. After the news of his death, Italy’s soccer federation postponed all the weekend’s professional matches. No date to play the Serie A games has been set although a midweek programme at some point in the next two months is likely. The ambulance was delayed by three minutes outside the Pescara stadium because a city police car was parked in front of the emergency passageway. Stadium stewards were forced to break the car window, put it in neutral and push it out of the way. Pescara mayor Luigi Albore Mascia announced an internal investigation to find out who was responsible and said the probe would be wrapped up by early Monday. Overnight, city police in Pescara were kept off the streets and replaced by federal police units because they

were afraid they would be targeted by angry fans, municipal police commander Carlo Maggitti said. Pescara prosecutor Valentina D’Agostino is also investigating

Hundreds of Livorno fans visited the stadium on Sunday and left flowers and team scarves under a banner that read: “You fought right up until the end, goodbye great Moro.” Many said Livorno should retire his number 25 jersey. Morosini’s girlfriend arrived in Pescara on Saturday to identify the body for legal purposes. “He was smiling slightly. He was beautiful,” she told her friends afterwards before breaking into tears, Ansa reported. Morosini had himself known tragedy. He lost both his mother and father when he was a teenager and a brother committed suicide, newspapers reported. Morosini had also played for Udinese among other Italian to see if the delay may have cost club sides and Italy’s international Morosini his life. Doctors who were under-21 team on the scene suggested that three minutes time probably would not have changed the tragic outcome. “Everything that could be done was done,” Ernesto Sabatini, one of the doctors who treated Morosini, told Ansa news agency. “I was one of the first on the pitch and when I got to him he was already stiff.” Doctors said that Morosini’s heart 11 killed as ambulance had stopped when he was on the field crashes into truck near but an official autopsy is to be carried out on Monday to determine cause of Dadesogur death. Raichur: At least 11 people were Piero Gnudi, Italy’s minister for sport killed and seven others seriously and tourism, told state television late injured when an ambulance in which on Saturday that he would see whether they were travelling crashed into a sophisticated medical equipment, loaded truck near Dadesogur area including defibrillators, should be here, police said. readily available at all professional Eighteen people were in the ambulance sporting events. and those killed included two women Last month former Italy volleyball and four children, they said. international and Olympic silver The victims were bringing back the medallist Vigor Bovolenta, 37, died body of a relative who had died on on court in a fourth division game after Monday at a Bangalore hospital to a similar heart problem to Morosini. Hathikuni village, police said


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Three of a family die in accident KANPUR: Three members of a family, including a 60-year-old woman, on way to Siwan in Bihar, with a patient’s body from AIIMS, New Delhi, died when the driver of the ambulance lost control over the vehicle and it rammed into a tractor on Agra-Etawah highway near Jaswantnagar in Etawah district on Saturday. The police reached the spot and launched a rescue operation. Sushila Pandey (60), her sons Arvind (48) and Sanjay (42) died in the accident. The injured persons identified as Vijay Shanker Pandey (45), conductor Bablu and ambulance driver Amod Kumar have been admitted to the Saifai Medical Institute. Sushila Pandey, her sons Arvind and Sanjay and nephew Vijay Shanker Pandey were returning

to their home in Siwan with the body of her husband Rajendra Pandey, who died of cancer at AIIMS in New Delhi when the accident took place. The bodies were sent for post-mortem examination. Elsewhere, a 60-year-old man died after being hit by a truck on the highway near Rania in Ramabai Nagar district on Saturday. Ram Bharosey, a resident of Badagaon Kaprahat village in Rasoolabad, was going to a factory on a bicycle when the accident took place. The body was sent for post-mortem examination.

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Ambulance driver plays Good Samaritan, returns lost cash After losing his polythene bag carrying Rs 68,400 cash which was kept in his pocket while accompanying the body of his relative from Pune to their village in an ambulance, Pratapsinh Pisal of Karanjkop, Koregaon tehsil in Satara district had little hope of getting it back. But 48-year-old Sanjay Jagtap, driver of an ambulance stationed at Sassoon General Hospital, put up a fine example of honesty and returned the money after finding it lying under the van’s berth.

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Government to decentralise the Ambulance service

Vice President John Dramani Mahama on Friday announced that government would give meaning to the ambulance decentralisation programme by procuring a minimum

of 600 ambulance vehicles in the next two years. He said: “In the interim 161 of those vehicles would be received by the end of July this year to set the tone for the procurement exercise.” Vice President Mahama announced this when he presented 50 of the Ambulance vehicles to the Ministry of Health to be distributed to some districts.

The Ambulance service which started with 41 vehicles in 2004, can now boast of more than 100 ambulance vehicles and would by the end of the year acquire a total of 200 for onward distribution to other districts. Vice President Mahama, said after the procurement of the ambulances, every district would have about three of the vehicles to carry out emergency quality health care in the rural areas. He said decentralisation of the service was crucial in the face of numerous road accidents and the spread of serious diseases in the rural areas. The Vice President, said apart from providing the ambulances, government had also trained paramedics to handle all kinds of emergencies that needed their assistance. Vice President Mahama said, the ambulance service would help government to achieve Millennium Development Goals four, five and six, which are health related.

He gave the assurance that the construction of polyclinics which began in six communities in the Northern Region last year, had been replicated in the Upper West and Brong Ahafo Regions and would soon be extended to all the regions. Mr Alban Bagbin, Minister of Health, said the trained paramedic technicians would be posted to all the districts to diligently offer assistance to accident and other emergency cases. He appealed to the staff of the service to take good care of the vehicles to be able to serve more generations.

Air corps complete eight air ambulances

This afternoon the Air Corps completed its eighth Air Ambulance Mission in ten days including six international missions, two of which were transatlantic transfers. QUICK TIPS

This afternoon’s mission involved the transfer of a patient by AW139 helicopter from Mayo to Dublin. This morning an AW 139 helicopter completed a similar mission landing at 5 am, just minutes after the CASA Maritime Patrol Aircraft had returned from an earlier Air Ambulance mission to Birmingham where a patient was transferred for specialist surgery. On Monday 23 April and Tuesday 24

April, the Air Corps Gulfstream Jet completed a round trip transatlantic mission bringing a paediatric patient to Boston and returning with another paediatric patient following specialist treatment. The Air Corps also completed three Air Ambulance missions from Dublin to London on the 17th, 20th and 22nd of April aboard the Learjet and CASA Maritime Patrol Aircraft. The Air Corps completed 71 air ambulance missions in 2011 and have completed 38 so far in 2012. Read more about the Air Corps

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RNI No. DELENG/2012/41958. PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY : Satish Kumar Bhardwaj, EDITOR: Satish Kumar Bhardwaj, PUBLISHED AT: M-2, Greater Kailash-1, New Delhi - 110048, PRINTED AT: Intergraphic reproductions Pvt. Ltd. A11 DDA Sheds, Okhla Industrial area, Phase-1, New Delhi - 110020


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