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THE AMBULANCE TIMES ~Touching ever yone associated with Emergency Medical Ser vices~ Registered Newspaper - RNI No. DELENG/2012/41958
N E W S WAT C H Glitch in Mantralaya fire evacuation drill A fire drill at Mantralaya was marred by a glaring glitch on Monday afternoon as over 4,000 employees were evacuated in a planned manner only to wait in the lawns following a delay in informing the BMC control room. While the fire hooter went off at 4 pm, the control room was informed only at 4.07 pm.Pg 2
Another Gurgaon kid fell into pit, but saved Jul 2, 2012, 01.20AM IST GURGAON: Only a few days after 4-year-old Mahi could not be rescued from a 60ft-deep, abandoned borewell, a one-and-ahalf-year-old child fell into a 18ft pit in Palam Vihar on Sunday evening but was rescued in time. Sachin fell into the pit at Chauma near S-Block of Palam Vihar around 6.45pm. Locals said the child was playing in the open when he suddenly fell into the pit. After police, the rescue
team, a private ambulance and officials of the district administration reached the spot, two earthmovers were deployed and started digging the entire patch on one side of the pit and brought the child out around 9.15pm. Sachin was taken to General Hospital, Gurgaon, where he was admitted to NICU. Doctors said he was safe. Sources said the pit was dug by employees of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) for
erecting electricity pole. DCP (west) Surendra Pal also confirmed this. The pit was dug by the contractor for earthing the electricity wires of high voltage distribution system. Meena said Sachin was the son of a labourer working at the site. They live in nearby houses. Sachin's father Krishan and mother Pooja were relived to find the child safe. Abstracted from: The Times of India
F1 crash: Female driver Maria De Villota almost killed
More ambulances, beds for government hospitals
Spanish Formula One driver Maria De Villota was fighting for her life today after suffering serious injuries during a crash in testing for the Marussia team, it was confirmed. A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Ser vice said De Villota had sustained “life-threatening injuries” in the early morning crash at Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire.. Pg 3
Jul 2, 2012, 03.11AM IST CHENNAI: The state government is planning to provide more beds and ambulances togovernment hospitals, said health minister Dr V S Vijay while speaking at the silver jubilee of the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR medical university on Sunday. Sunday also marked
No taker for ambulance call in Steel City Dialing 102 for ambulance here will not solve your problem if you have an emergency in hand. Your phone will be picked up by a policeman who usually says, Sub-inspector Bandi Oraon, who took a call on 102, on Saturday said since it is a police control room he was helpless as he did not have any number of ambulance service. Pg2
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Patients suffer as PGI contract workers go on strike
Chandigarh, Fri Jul 06 2012 Two days before Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is set to celebrate its fifty years of inception, the strike by the contractual employees of the institute on Thursday resulted in considerable harassment for the patients and their relatives. Patients were inconvenienced right at the registration counters where OPD card are made at the New OPD block. Since most of these counters are run by the contractual staff who went on strike, the authorities had made alternative arrangements. However, the replaced staff was not equipped or trained to handle the rush of patients. In the absence of general and ward attendants, there was nobody to shift the patients from one ward to another and patients were forced to wait outside for attendants. stretchers.
International Doctors Day. “The government is also upgrading primar y health centers by providing more facilities,” Vijay said. Pointing out that Tamil Nadu is more technically advanced compared to other states, the minister said the government is also
considering expanding the free health insurance scheme to all. “The state has been trying to provide more facilities for the hospitals. This is also the first state that provides free health insurance for communicable and non-communicable diseases,” he said.
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by Satish Bhardwaj
Make Peace with Imperfection
I’ve yet to meet an absolute perfectionist whose life was filled with inner peace. The need for perfection and the desire for inner tranquility conflict with each other. Whenever we are attached to having something a certain way, better than it already is, we are, almost by definition, engaged in a losing battle. Rather than being content and grateful for what we have, we are focused on what’s wrong with something and our need to fix it. Whether it’s related to ourselves-a disorganized closet, a scratch on the car, an imperfect accomplishment, a few pounds we would like to lose-or someone else’s “imperfections” – the way someone looks, behaves, or lives their life – the very act of focusing on imperfection pulls us away from our goal of being kind and gentle. This strategy has nothing to do with ceasing to do your very best. It’s about realizing that while there’s always a better way to do something, this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy and appreciate the way things already are. The solution here is to catch yourself when you fall into your habit of insisting that things should be other than they are. Gently remind yourself that life is okay the way it is, right now. In the absence of your judgment, everything would be fine. As you begin to eliminate your need for perfection in all areas of your life, you’ll begin to discover the perfection in life itself.
Ambulance and crane services soon to come on the highways Jul 12, 2012,ALLAHABAD: To offer immediate medical aid to victims of road accidents on state and national highways, district magistrate Anil Kumar on Wednesday asked officials to identify locations on highways where ambulance and cranes services can be provided. DM also stressed to offer emergency mobile health facility to road accident victims. He was presiding over a meeting of district road safety committee. DM said apart from drivers,paramedical staff equipped with essentialmedical equipment and medicines will be available 24x7 at these strategic locations. Staff posted at each and eve-
r y ambulance would be having their own mobile number and they would be immediately contacted by the control room or needy persons by dialing the toll-free number. DM said efforts will be made to promote the tollfree numbers and for that these number would be installed on small board on national and state highways on every 5 Km of distance. NHAI officials said helpline centers have been set up at some spots including Nawabganj, Bagai Khurd village (Handia) and Naini Bridge and ambulances along with cranes and paramedical staff are also available for services. Abstracted from: The Times of India
Glitch in Mantralaya fire evacuation drill
Mumbai, Tue Jul 03 2012, 05:18 hrs A fire drill at Mantralaya was marred by a glaring glitch on Monday afternoon as over 4,000 employees were evacuated in a planned manner only to wait in the lawns following a delay in informing the BMC control room. While the fire hooter went off at 4 pm, the control room was informed only at 4.07 pm. while five minutes were devoted to note down the attendance of evacuees,” said Principal Secretary (Relief and Rehabilitation) Pravin Pardeshi. Senior bureaucrats were given charge of a floor each as marshals led the evacuation. Abstracted from: The Indian Express
No taker for ambulance call in Steel City Jul 8, 2012, 05.30AM IST BOK ARO: Dialing 102 for ambulance here will not solve your problem if you have an emergency in hand. Your phone will be picked up by a policeman who usually says, “Yeha ambulance nahi milta hai re baba, yeh police control room hai (no ambulance is available here, this is the police control room’s number)”. Sub-inspector Bandi Oraon, who took a call on 102, on Saturday said since it is a police control room and he was helpless in arranging ambulance as he did not have any number of ambulance service. The town with a population of more than five lakh lacks an am-
bulance service. Here, for every casualty, people have to depend on pedestrians or local residents to take victims to the hospital. If policemen came on time, they would call ambulance from private nursing homes or ferry the victims on their jeeps. Dialing 06542-289100, the emergency number provided by BGH for ambulance, the people are told that they should have to first report to the doctor in trauma centre if he agrees, the ambulance will be sent. To contact doctor you will be provided another number which maximum time goes unanswered. S K Mehta, a resident of Chira Chas, said he had tried
calling ambulance by dialing 102 and another number after seeing a person lying on roadside in injured condition on Tuesday, but could not get the service as 102 is of the police control room number. In the past 30 days, the national highways (NH) of Bokaro witnessed several accidents involving wedding parties. More than a dozen members of wedding party died and over 30 have been injured in four accidents on NH23 (Bokaro-Ranchi) and NH-32 (Bokaro-Dhanbad). The major mishap occurred on Thursday at Solgadih village on NH-32 in which eight persons, who are members of the wedding party,
were killed and two dozen of them injured when the bus in which they were travelling skidded off the road and turned turtle. These mishaps have brought the fore the unavailability of ambulance service. Bokaro DC Sunil Kumar said he had directed civil surgeon S N Tiwari to make tollfree ambulance emergency number functional soon. Tiwari also said the initiative had been taken so that in future residents did not face problems. BSL spokesperson Sanjay Tiwari said the BGH provided ambulance whenever it is demanded by residents. Abstracted from: The Times of India
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F1 crash: Female driver Maria De Villota almost killed during testing sued.” BBC radio presenter Chris Mann, who witnessed the crash, said De Villota’s car had ploughed into the truck after suddenly accelerating. “She got into the car, fired it up and did a test run at probably about 200mph in the rain,” Mann said. “The car was slightly misfiring but there didn’t seem to be any concerns. “She came back into the area we were in with the engineers. She slowed down but then suddenly, inexplicably accelerated through the crowd and smashed into the side of the truck.
London, Tue Jul 03 2012 Spanish Formula One driver Maria De Villota was fighting for
Marussia confirmed in a statement that the 32-year-old test driver from Madrid had been transferred to hospital after her car collided with a support vehicle during a test lap. “At approximately 9.15am (0815 GMT) this morning, the Marussia F1 Team’s Test Driver Maria De Villota had an accident in the team’s MR-01 race car at her life today after suffering se- Duxford Airfield where she was rious injuries during a crash in testing the car for the first time,” testing for the Marussia team, it Marussia said. “The accident happened at the was confirmed. end of her first installation run A spokesman for the East of and involved an impact with England Ambulance Service the team’s support truck. said De Villota had sustained “Maria has been transferred “life-threatening injuries” in the to hospital. Once her medical early morning crash at Duxford condition has been assessed a further statement will be isAirfield in Cambridgeshire.
Abstracted from: The Indian Express
Soccer player dies in India after colliding with goalkeeper Updated July 11, 2012 11:00 AM NEW DELHI (AP) -- Indian media reports say a soccer player in the eastern city of Jalpaiguri has died after failing to receive medical care following a collision with the opposing goalkeeper in a local match.
The Indian Express reported Tuesday that 27-year-old Mahesh Thapa died after being refused admission to three hospitals because no beds were available. This is the second soccer-related death in India in four months.
A Bangalore player, D. Venkatesh, died in March after suffering cardiac arrest on the field. No ambulance was available and Venkatesh was taken to a hospital in a three-wheel autorickshaw. Abstracted from: Philstar
OLYMPIC SPRINT 2 0 1 2
The 100 metres, or 100-metre dash, is a sprint race in track and field competitions. The shortest common outdoor running distance, it is one of the most popular and prestigious events in the sport of athletics. It has been contested at the Summer Olympics since 1896 (1928 for women). The reigning 100 m Olympic champion is often named “the fastest man/ woman in the world”. On an outdoor 400 metres running track, the 100 m is run on the home straight, with the start usually being set on an extension to make it a straight-line race. Runners begin in the starting blocks and the race begins when an official fires the starter’s pistol. Sprinters typically reach top speed after somewhere between 50–60 m. Their speed then slows towards the finish line.
Dubai Ambulance Services follow Canada’s health regulations Monday, Jul 09, 2012 Dubai:Authorities are clamping down on inadequate ambulances and first aid training facilities at private health care centres, and
are using Canada’s regulations as a benchmark to keep local services up to international standards. Dr Fahad Al Zarouni, head of regulation of ambulance services at Dubai Ambulance Services announced on Monday that up to 40 per cent of health care centres
have yet to be registered with the authority. “The rule was implemented last October because we recorded that a number of ambulances were not equipped with the necessary devices and also had low quality nurses,” he said, explaining that a significant number of ambulances lacked in offering the basic services to patients. As part of Dubai Ambulance Service’s aim to maintain high quality of services, health care facilities that own ambulances, in addition to first aid training centres, have been instructed to register with the authority by August 31 to avoid hefty fines and possibly being shut down. “Once the deadline passes, private health care facilities that
use ambulances will not be able to operate them without a registered license from us, as the registration process involves them adhering to a set of criteria,” Dr Al Zarouni said. He further noted that several professionals working in first aid centres, including emergency medical technicians, paramedics and ambulance drivers, were not well educated about the standard level of procedures to which they have to adhere to. Health care professionals and facilities will be slapped with a fine of Dh1,000 if they fail to adhere to the principles of professional conduct adopted by the authority or if they do not operate under the supervision of a licensed physician.
If the offences are repeated within a year, the penalty will then be doubled up to Dh2,000 and in certain circumstances, the health care facility or the professional will be unable to work for six months, and may also have their license revoked. “Part of the criteria, which is based on Canada’s health regulations, states that health care professionals should not have a police record of misconduct, have ample experience that is approved by the facility as well as having certified qualifications,” said Dr Al Zarouni. By Mariam M. Al Serkal Staff Reporter Abstracted from: ZAWYA
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“aren’t there enough problems in the world already ?”
healthybites A food allergy is when the body’s immune system reacts abnormally to specific foods. Allergic reactions are often mild, but they can sometimes be very serious. In children, common food allergies include being allergic to milk and eggs. In adults, allergies to fruits and vegetables are more common. Nut allergies, such as being allergic to peanut, are
Shifting the Injured to the Hospital
1. Ensure that he is not hurt more. 2. The patient should be carried on firm board of stretcher so spine remains stable. 3. While shifting, the patient’s back, neck and airway need to be protected from further injury. 5. If the patient is unconscious, gently place a large folded cloth or towel under the neck so that the neck doesn’t sag against . 7. The vehicle used to carry the patient to the hospital should have enough space to
keep the patient’s back straight and the 8. person accompanying should be able to care for and resuscitate the patients if necessary. 9. During transportation keep a watch on whether the patient’s airway is clear, whether the patient is breathing and whether you can feel the pulse in the patient. 10. If there is only one limb injury the patient can be safely taken to hospital on a chair in a sitting position. Take care to splint
Food allergy relatively common in both children and adults. Symptoms of a food allergy can affect different areas of the body at
the same time. Some common symptoms include: an itchy sensation inside the mouth, throat or ears raised itchy red skin rash (this is known as urticaria, hives or “nettle rash”) swelling of the face, around the eyes, lips, tongue and the roof of the mouth (this is known as angioedema) Abstracted from www.nhs.uk
In case of Injuries to Muscles, Bones and Joints When muscle joints or bones get injured, blood collects over the area, and a swelling appears. You can reduce the swelling by bringing down the bleeding. Apply cold water or ice packs if available. It reduces local blood flow and this brings down the internal bleeding and swelling. But remember not to keep ice packs on more than ten minutes at a stretch as this will lead to something like frostbite, and not to place ice directly on skin. Always wrap it in a cloth first. A muscle injury can be made less painful by putting a splint on the injured limb.
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