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.
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
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
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
“Not only SKIMS,
but the integrated trauma care centers will also be established at GMC
associated hospitals as well,” he said.
life-threatening injuries will be treated appropriately and promptly and in
accordance with appropriate priorities, so as to minimize fatalities.
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.