Emergency Services are restricted in India- to sum up the current state of emergency services and its delivery;there is a famous quote by an Ex – Dir AIIMS, “If you feel there is an emergency, better arrange for your owntransport than to wait for an Ambulance”. Most of the population is completely unaware of emergency procedures and appropriate contacts. Emergency delivery systems are also constrained, due to lack of systemintegration, leading to poor delivery of care.
Statistics on India Emergency Care- Drivers of Change:
With more than l Lakh Road Traffic Accidents related deaths, 98.5% Ambulances used for transporting dead bodies, 90% of A m b u I a n c e s devoid of Oxygen of any Equipment, 95% Ambulances having untrained personnel, most ED doctors having no formal training in EM, misuse of Govt. Ambulances and 30% mortalitydue to delay in care, India portrays a worse image than what existed in USA of 1960s (Source:http://www.iiems.org)
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