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World Trauma Day: Lend a hand, save a life

Trauma is one of the main causes of death across the world. According to WHO, at least 50 percent of all road traffic accident deaths occurring in developing countries could have been prevented with proper treatment after trauma had occurred. This includes immediate pre-hospital care, proper handling of emergency situations and adequate supply of equipment and facilities.

World Trauma Day emphasizes on the importance of saving a life during the most critical moments and implementing critical measures to tackle trauma fatalities. “The day is observed to showcase the need to prevent deaths and disabilities caused by road accidents, which are the leading causes of trauma”, explains a health expert at AMRI Hospitals.

Known for being equipped with one of the best critical care units in East India, AMRI Hospital Kolkata has been dealing with emergency, critical care and trauma management for years. Their modern equipment, well-experienced doctors and medical professionals have distinguished the hospitals from others.

The time immediately after an accident is the most vital in terms of treating trauma victims and relieving injuries. Bystanders and emergency health services play a crucial role in bringing immediate care to patients during that golden hour. On that note, AMRI Hospitals has introduced a free bike ambulance service for the first time in Eastern India at Bhubaneswar, Odisha, to offer quick access to lifesaving equipment.

India accounts for one-fifth of global deaths caused by road accidents, majority of which are caused by human activities like jaywalking, hit-and-runs, and drunk driving. While there would be material loss to take into account, the life of a person is irreplaceable. In this regard, we as people can be more proactive on roads in avoiding mishaps. While hospitals like AMRI are doing their part in accessing best care to accident victims, it is our responsibility as road users to give the victims a hand, especially during the ‘golden hour’.