DAK, CSFK demand critical care ambulances

DAK, CSFK demand critical care ambulances

Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) and civil society forum Kashmir (CSFK) Saturday demanded critical care ambulances for the transportation of patients from rural health care to central hospitals.
Dr Masood Rashid, senior executive member of DAK and critical care specialist in a statement said, “A large number of critically ill-patients after getting primary treatment at the rural hospital are referred to central hospitals. Inter-hospital transports in simple ambulances and without trained health personnel or technical assistance are now-days one of the major factors for increased mortality and morbidity in such patients.”
“It is very much imperative to continuously manage their Airway, Breathing and Circulation (ABC) continuously during their transportation. Since the state is conflict-ridden and there is an alarming rate of road traffic accidents, such method of transportation is in dire need of minute,” he added.
“We emphasise the importance of having some technically trained persons to transport patients in critical care ambulances to prevent and resolve technical problems during transportation,” he said.
DAK president, Dr Suhail Naik said that though every patient does not require the highest level of critical care during transportation, “but inter-hospital transport is a black hole between referring and receiving centres”.
“Appropriate and effective critical care ambulances can reduce morbidity and downstream in-patient cost,” he added.
Dr Sajjad Qunango said the as per corporate social responsibility (CSR), big business houses including banks must donate such hi-tech ambulances to the hospital to support this noble cause.
DAK urged the administration to look into this important issue which pertains to the public at large.