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‘Improve trauma care facilities'

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HYDERABAD: There is a need for the government to introduce a legislation to make sure that all private hospitals provide free treatment to any road accident victim or a medical emergency patient in the first 24 hours, observed several medical experts at a meeting held on ‘Trauma Care System in Hyderabad' on Sunday.

“This will save lives of accident victims. Not all have insurance like Arogyasri and there is a need for the government to come out with such a rule,” said Dr. P. M. Bhargava, chairman of Medically Aware and Responsible Citizens of Hyderabad (MARCH), which held the programme.

Participants of the meeting pointed out that a similar legislation, making it mandatory for all private hospitals to provide free treatment in the first 24 hours to emergency patients, was enacted in the Assam assembly recently.

Road accidents

“There is need for segmentation or defining the role of each hospital. Serious road accidents occur frequently at peripheries. Hence, there should be hospitals that specialise in trauma care and this will help 108 ambulance to transport the victim to the hospital on time,” said Executive Partner Head- Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI), Dr. G. V. Ramana Rao.

MARCH members also felt the need for having dedicated and well trained trauma teams at government hospitals. “Handling a trauma care patient is different. Proper training should be given to nurses, paramedics, and other lower-level medical staff on trauma care. There is also a need to introduce high-end courses in trauma care,” said senior orthopaedic Dr. Ved Prakash.

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