Emergency care is a part of healthcare delivery; it includes acute care for accidents, disasters, and quick response to several medical emergencies. In India, as high as 80% of accident victims do not get access to apt medical care during the Golden Hour, leading to an increased number of fatalities. To address this concern, and equip emergency caregivers, Fortis Hospital Mulund, launched the ‘National Trauma Life Support Program’ in association with the Society for Emergency Medicine India, at the hospital. It was launched by Dr Sandeep Gore, HOD-Emergency Medicine, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, who is the Director of this program, under the guidance of Dr S. Narayani, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital, Mulund. Dr Ramesh Punjani, President, Indian Medical Association (IMA) Mulund was the guest of the honor.
The program is accredited by Maharashtra Medical Council for 3 CPD credit points and is endorsed by the Association of National Board Accredited Institute (ANBAI), Association of Health Provider (AHP), and Society for Emergency Medicine India (SEMI). It is designed to train doctors involved in Emergency Care and Acute Trauma care. Aiming to empower all specialized medical professionals in Mumbai, the initiative will help train them in management of polytrauma (Major Trauma) patients, and deliver Golden Hour care. The program includes lectures and training modules on lifesaving skills such as airway management, inserting a chest tube, FAST, among others. To be hosted every quarter, the participants will be certified upon completion of the course, and after passing the examination.
Speaking about the importance of the program, Dr Sandeep Gore, HOD-Emergency Medicine, Fortis Hospital, Course Director, National Trauma Life Support Program, said, “Trauma is neglected disease in India. As per statistics, every 1.9 minutes someone dies due to injury, 80% of trauma victims don’t get Golden Hour care, 30% of trauma patients die even before they reach the Emergency Department. There is a dearth of proper pre-hospitalization care and deficiency of well-trained professionals in administering polytrauma care. To progressively change this scenario, we designed this program. For budding medical professionals, it is very important to understand and master the art of saving lives within the Golden Hour. We aim to further our belief in saving and enriching lives through this initiative.”
Speaking at the launch, Dr S. Narayani, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital Mulund, said, “As a center of excellence for Emergency Medicine, I believe we can share our learnings to empower emergency caregivers across the country. This initiative will equip and prepare medical professionals when dealing with pre-hospitalization care and polytrauma. Ably mentored by Dr Sandeep Gore, I am sure that this initiative will be a great success.”