Wednesday, August 29, 2018

How A "Flying ICU" Is Saving Lives In Flood-Hit Kerala

Chengannur:  During the ongoing flood relief operations in Kerala, a special helicopter is serving as a "flying ICU" and has already saved a woman's life who suffered a heart attack in a remote location in the state.
The helicopter, equipped with ventilators, monitors, suction machines, oxygen cylinders and other emergency medical equipment, is first-of-its kind aero-medical service that is being used in an emergency situation in India. The helicopter flies with a team of specialist doctors and paramedics to stabilize a critical patient.

Dr Rahul Singh Sardar, Co-Founder of ICATT Health Solutions, who specialized in aviation medicine from the UK, has introduced the "flying ICU" service in India along with co-founder Dr Shalini Nalwad, and is providing care to the flood victims for free. The aero-medical service, he said, is being funded by a trust called "Sai Gramam".
"The whole idea is to transport the specialists' team in this helicopter to the place where it is needed the most... where we can stabilize the person and start intensive care therapy and then shift the patient to a tertiary centre for escalation of care," Dr Singh told NDTV.
28/08/18 Maya Sharma/NDTV

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