Ministry of Civil Aviation has planned to operate a Helicopter for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) with AIIMS Rishikesh.
Ministry of Civil Aviation has proposed a pilot project to station a helicopter at AIIMS Rishikesh to meet the golden hour requirements for accident victims.
Taking to the microblogging site, Ministry tweeted, “A pilot project has been proposed to station a helicopter at AIIMS Rishikesh to meet the golden hour requirements of an accident victim.
Once successful, this project will be a quantum leap in healthcare facilities in India and will pave the way to rope-in other private players.”
It also intends to undertake a pilot project implementation of using helicopters in the EMS role to explore the viability, benefits, and risks if any, to define the approach that can be adopted before larger resources are committed.
Helicopter emergency medical services
Notably, many operators have already shown their keen interest in providing the service. Now, the ministry has requested an Expression of Interest (EoI) for helicopter emergency medical services.
The document accessed by ANI reads that the ministry is desirous of developing helicopter emergency medical services to provide a speedy medical outreach to needy citizens.
Air operators who express their interest will be invited to participate in a subsequent EoI conference at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, New Delhi wherein they would be invited to make a presentation on their experience, capabilities, and related issues, the document reads.
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In medical parlance, the golden hour is the time when access to definitive care within an hour of the occurrence of life-threatening trauma can make all the difference between life and death. Helicopters dedicated to such a role can greatly expand the emergency service capability by expeditiously enlarging the medical outreach.
It is later envisioned to incorporate a larger network to augment the land-based ambulances to raise the accessibility of trauma care services to a wider population base across the country.
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