World Trauma Day 2017

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Each year October 17 is observed as World Trauma Day. The day reminds us all regarding the rising number of accidents and injuries that cause death and disability across the world and how we may prevent the same. Trauma refers to “any injury caused to the body” physical or mental. Injuries may be due to road accidents, fires, burns, falls, or acts of violence.

Surprisingly in all these causes it is road accidents that remain the number one reason for trauma all over the world. Road accidents often lead to temporary or permanent disability of victims and may even be fatal. It is estimated that every year nearly 5 million people die from injuries across the world.

In our own country statistics reveal that every year about a million people die while 20 million get hospitalized due to serious injuries. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) states that nearly 1, 40,000 people die in road accidents in India on an average in any given year. In reality the numbers may be even more since these would probably be the numbers of reported cases.

The fact is that road accidents keep occurring all the time that also increases the morbidity and mortality rate. It is therefore very important to take all required precautions and steps to contain both accidents and injuries. Since as we all know prevention is always better than cure, people, especially the young ones should be taking care. Authorities should stay alert towards imposing restrictions on speed, wearing of helmets and act responsibly in traffic regulation.

Road accidents are the scourge of modern times. These deaths and disabilities can be prevented if proper training is imparted to the common man on how to handle emergency care in accident cases. For, apart from causing deaths in a largely young population, trauma will, by 2020, be ranked third for causing disabilities among the Indian population. Trauma can therefore be looked upon as an epidemic.

It is for this reason that HERD Foundation has been promoting Basic Life Saving Skills Training and advocating emergency medicine courses for not only medical people but for lay persons as well. If life sustaining help is not provided by first responders within minutes of an accident, then chances are we may be left counting more fatality statistics. We also need to impose strict rules for vehicle drivers to be careful and observe safety and wear helmets.

In line with our role as health care providers, HERD Foundation is committed to saving lives of critical patients. We urge every person working in healthcare sector and even laypersons to gain essential knowledge of life support skills. We know that early recognition and immediate life support intervention saves lives. It has therefore become a life’s mission for us to undertake Life Support Training Skills programme and to make them as widespread as possible.

In most trauma cases where deaths occur before medical help arrives, there is nobody who knows what to do. Precious minutes are lost. It is for this reason that we have undertaken training in basic life-saving skills. If a person is not given help within three minutes of an accident then we can lose a person. Today, on October 17 2017, we once again reiterate our mission and also raise awareness about the World Trauma Day.  Here are some do’s and don’ts to remember and follow to avoid accidents:

Do’s

  • Follow road safety rules carefully.
  • Always fasten seat belts and child care safety seats.
  • Pay attention to warning signs and traffic signals.
  • Always wear a helmet while riding a two-wheeler.
  • Avoid distractions like mobile phones and loud music.
  • Take short breaks in case of long distance driving.
  • Keep children away from electric switches and wires.
  • Carry a first aid safety kit at your home and in your vehicle.
  • Learn basic life support techniques and help the injured.

Don’ts

  • Do not drive when you are tired, sleepy or drunk.
  • Do not drive rashly when in a hurry.
  • In case of a head/spinal injury do not move victim from accident site without professional help.
  • Do not give fluids to any unconscious or semi-conscious traumatized person.

 

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Basic Life Support Skills for All

Teaching of basic life support skills to aid critical victims to help them stay alive until expert medical assistance is at hand remains a mission for HERD Foundation. First responder care to victims of road accidents or heart attacks actually makes the difference between life and death. To accomplish this undertaking HERD Foundation is leaving no stone unturned to make essential first steps and procedures a matter of common knowledge for one and all.

Moving beyond the sphere of healthcare providers even non-medics have been given training to respond swiftly and spontaneously in emergency situations so that an affected person may be administered emergency care. The aim is to save countless people who otherwise die each year from blocked airways or heart attacks and who can be saved with due first aid. Nearly 150,000 fatalities occur on Indian roads alone each year. Victims may readily be safely taken to receive emergency medical care after critical basic first-aid.

Starting with the entire staff of the medical institutes with which we are associated, the BLSS training to become informed first-responders has taken on the non medical staff as well. Even ordinary citizens have been brought under the fold of the training programme that will hopefully be made more widespread. The attempt is to get people of all walks of life to respond to such critical situations without any reluctance. In fact they are being taught to extend a helping hand with awareness, understanding, comprehension and confidence.

The aim is to ensure that people do not die unnecessarily for lack of first-responder care. In many situations like for instance road accidents, drowning, suffocation or even heart attack certain procedural guidance may revive victims without adding any kind of trauma if they are in the hands of an informed person. The thing is that instead of doing nothing and just waiting for medical help to arrive you may lose the victim.

Our trainings have proved to be of use and majority of trainees who earlier did not feel confident about being able to save a life have learnt to respond with certainty and promptness. This has been very encouraging for HERD Foundation and been an inspiration to launch ongoing campaigns to get more people to learn these CPR and first aid skills. Outcomes tell us that whereas earlier people would do nothing if they saw somebody struggling, now they rise up to the occasion to respond prior to arrival of medics or offer care that will suffice until taken to the hospital.

We would also be shortly coming out with a manual that will act as a first aid guide. The manual is a road map that will instruct in life-threatening situations. This entire campaign is backed by HERD Foundation Managing Director Dr Suchika Gupta, for whom it is a heartfelt undertaking that needs to be taken up at the widest levels possible. Her passion and plea is that “Nobody should have to die for lack of a chance to survive. All victims must be offered basic support by an all knowing community that responds with due care so that nobody dies in vain”.