The MEMS (Maharashtra Emergency Medical Services) bike emergency medical first responder service has chalked up a record number of 823 service calls attended to since its launch in August this year.
In just 4 months this service which was launched with the objective of providing crucial medical support to patients in need till an ambulance reached the emergency location has proven to be a roaring success.
The Free emergency service 108 of the MEMS was launched in Mumbai by the Government of Maharashtra – Department of Public Health & National Health, implemented and operated by BVG India with the vision to provide emergency help during the golden hour which is a critical period when emergency treatment is likely to be most successful.
When in medical distress, one can dial the free 108 medical emergency service, to avail the bike ambulance service in ten different areas in Mumbai.
Well-trained EMS personnel’s are deployed in congested areas of Mumbai such as Bhandup, Mankhurd, Dharavi, Nagpada, Malad, Charkop, Goregaon, Thakur Village, Kalina and Khar Danda. These bike ambulances are equipped with a medical kit, trauma medical management kit and airway management kit to make the most of the critical golden hour.
Dr Dnyaneshwar Shelke, COO, MEMS 108 comments, “With addition of motor bike emergency medical first responder in existing fleet of 108 ambulances access to emergency care has improved in parts of Mumbai .It has further helped to save more lives with reduction in response time to emergencies. During the golden hour, when every single second counts, a lot of time is wasted in negotiating traffic and reaching the patient; immediate response is a key feature of this service”.
Bike ambulance emergency patients served Aug 2017 to 25 Nov 2017:
Type of emergency
Pregnancy related emergencies
Medical kits contain all emergency medicines like adrenaline, atropine, frusemide, Inhalers etc. to take care of medical emergencies like stroke, heart attack, asthma, etc.After receiving the call at 108 control room, the nearest appropriate bike emergency medical first responder and ambulance is dispatched. Bike emergency medical first responder has four kits – Trauma kit, Medical kit, Airway management kit and Delivery kit.
- Trauma Kit contains all necessary equipment like air splints to stabilize fractures, different bandages, antiseptic and analgesic sprays etc.
- Airway Kit contains AMBU Bags to give artificial ventilation to adult, paediatric and neonatal patients, oxygen cylinder, airways, suction machine that takes care of respiratory emergencies and unconscious patients.
- Delivery Kit contains all equipment’s like gloves, gowns, umbilical cord cutting scissors, cord clamps etc. with which emergency delivery can be concluded at home.