State-of-the-art ambulances to boost current fleet

The Delhi government plans to roll out the first set of “state-of-the-art” ambulances by April, 2015.

The 110 new ambulances will be added to the existing 151-fleet of Centralised Accident and Trauma Services (CATS) ambulances operating in the city.

The first prototype of the technically upgraded ambulance has already been inspected, Health Secretary S C L Das told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday.

These ambulances will be equipped with life-support medical equipment, including transport ventilator, defibrillator cum monitor, self-collapsible trolley stretcher and spine board to tackle all kinds of emergencies.

Till now, it was not possible to conduct any sophisticated medical intervention in the existing ambulances due to lack of better technology. The fresh move will also help patients get “road care” during emergency.

The government also plans to set up a modern control room to enable “home to hospital care”.

“The process will be simple. When a patient calls 102 for CATS ambulance, the control room should be able to locate the nearest service provider depending on the trauma of the patient,” Das said. The control room will have a mobile app to locate the area from where the patient is calling. The GPS will then map the nearest ambulance available.

Technology boost
The Health Department plans to develop a hospital management information system (HMIS) in three major hospitals – GB Pant Hospital, Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya and Janakpuri Super Speciality Hospital – in the first phase.

HMIS is a system that helps integrate information on all departments of a hospital – financial, medical and administrative, among others.

A tele-medicine centre is also being planned at G B Pant Hospital, which will help the hospital link up with five others in remote areas to tackle emergency cases. With the help of technology, patients in far-flung areas will be able to access health experts in the capital through this system.

It always remains doubtful if the state will be able to deliver the new projects on time. Some projects that have been in the pipeline for years have still not materialised.

The government may set up the Delhi Medical Supplies Corporation (DMSC) to avoid delays. The centralised body will ensure simultaneous procurement of medicines, equipment and consumables across hospitals. The body will have some power to screen medicinal samples and run quality checks on equipment.

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