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Rising road accident fatalities:SKIMS to replicate AIIMS model for trauma care


Srinagar, Feb 25: Alarmed by rising death toll in road accidents, Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to replicate the model of Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Center, AIIMS, at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS)

According to 2019 National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) data, Jammu and Kashmir ranks second in the country in terms of the total number of road traffic accidents per 10000 vehicles. Every year, hundreds of people die due to the poor trauma treatment facilities in Jammu and Kashmir.


After threadbare discussions, the government has decided to strengthen the trauma care facilities at SKIMS by replicating the model of India’s best trauma care center –  Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Center, AIIMS.

Under this model, the trauma center provides total care for every aspect of the injury. It includes prevention through rehabilitation.

 “The integrated trauma care at SKIMS is aimed to enhance the immediate care system, which is crucial in saving lives after road accidents. The initial hour of the accident is called the ‘golden hour’ as it provides crucial time to address trauma,” reads an official document accessed by The Kashmir Monitor.

Under this plan, the government proposes providing 24-hour in-house coverage by general surgeons, prompt availability of care in specialties such as orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, internal medicine, plastic surgery, oral and maxillofacial, pediatric, and critical care

Principal Secretary to Government, Health and Medical education department, Atal Dulloo said that plans are afoot to model SKIMS trauma care center on the pattern of AIIMS.

“Not only SKIMS, but the integrated trauma care centers will also be established at GMC associated hospitals as well,” he said.

The life-threatening injuries will be treated appropriately and promptly and in accordance with appropriate priorities, so as to minimize fatalities.

“Further, the potentially disabling injuries will be treated appropriately, so as to minimize functional impairment and to maximize the return to independence and to participate in community life,” he said.