Heart ailments detection amplified – thanks to AIIMS bike ambulance!

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Four additional medical bike ambulances have been purchased for the expansion programme, bringing the total to eight. The bikes have portable automated external defibrillators, ECG machines, oxygen cylinders, emergency care and medication kits, and emergency medications.

New Delhi: With the beginning of Phase II, the ambitious Mission DELHI — Delhi Emergency Life Heart-Attack Initiative of the Indian Council of Medical Research and AIIMS Delhi has increased the scope of its offerings. According to Dr. Chandini Suvarna, a Mission DELHI team’s scientific staff member, it will now provide medical assistance to patients outside of hospitals for all cardiac-related emergency complications.

Before its launch in 2019, Mission DELHI provided pre-hospital thrombolysis care for only patients suffering from heart attacks via a round-the-clock emergency motorbike ambulance response system. Dr. Suvarna stated that the medical attendees would conduct an ECG and send the results to the cardiac centre at AIIMS. Doctors would then offer assistance following their findings after assessing the patient’s health.

The service is now offered in more than 160 locations, including Ambedkar Nagar, Sainik Farm, New Friends Colony, Vasant Kunj, and Dhaula Kuan. In contrast, its initial coverage was restricted to areas within 5 kilometres of AIIMS. She continued, “The new areas also comprise Ballabhgarh in Faridabad and Old Delhi.

Four additional medical bike ambulances have been purchased for the expansion programme, bringing the total to eight. The bikes have portable automated external defibrillators, ECG machines, oxygen cylinders, emergency care and medication kits, and emergency medications.

As soon as they arrive, two skilled nurses perform a quick physical examination of the patient, record his medical history, and take an ECG. Within 12 minutes of arriving at the location, the team can obtain an ECG, transmit and interpret the report, and administer the thrombolytic therapy within 12 minutes. They connect with the cardiologists at AIIMS and offer quick assistance. After receiving emergency care, the patient is transported to the hospital in a CATS ambulance for additional care.

Mission DELHI has responded to 783 emergency calls since 2019. The response usually takes 15 minutes to arrive. To save cardiac patients, the programme has introduced doorstep care, which offers quicker medical assistance like clot-buster injections until an ambulance can reach them.

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