This year, every ambulance will get a 'green corridor' in City

This year, every ambulance will  get a 'green corridor' in City

The green corridor for ambulances or the ambulance signal lights synchronisation scheme will be launched in the City this year.

The traffic police have already submitted a proposal to the government in this regard and the scheme will be implemented in six months, B Dayananda, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said on the sidelines of an event organised by Manipal Hospitals to mark the World Ambulance Day on Thursday.

According to S K Pattanayak, Additional Chief Secretary, Home, the government received the proposal on December 27, 2014, and the Cabinet has to approve it.

“The proposal has to go through due diligence. We are pursuing the matter on high priority and hope the proposal will be cleared at the earliest,” he told Deccan Herald.

At present, the government-funded ‘108’ ambulance service uses the hotline to call the respective traffic police to inform them about the presence of an ambulance on the road. The traffic police then facilitate the easy movement of the ambulance.

Under the proposed facility, ambulances will be fitted with a gadget and connected to various traffic signals in Bengaluru. The driver can send signals to turn the signal light green for the ambulance.

At the World Ambulance Day event, Dayananda and former judge V S Malimath launched 22 Manipal Ambulance Response Service (MARS) ambulances. Dayananda said it was high time the public changed their mindset and gave way for ambulances on road.

He said that besides the ‘golden hour’, which is the time taken by an ambulance to shift the accident victim to hospital, there also are ‘platinum minutes’ which refer to the time taken by an ambulance to reach the accident spot. “We should ensure these minutes are not more than 10,” he added.

Justice (retd) Malimath rued the lack of empathy among motorists for accident victims. “There is a need to sensitise the public on the road to help such victims as accidents can happen to anyone,” he added.

MARS has 16 well-equipped ambulances, including eight advance cardiac life support ambulances offering 24-hour medical emergency services. These vehicles will be stationed across the City.

During an emergency
In case of an emergency, dial 22221111 for MARS. The ambulances are connected to the hospital’s emergency response centre (ERC) where medical professionals analyse a patient’s condition.

The EMT (emergency medical technician) drivers are trained in BLS (Basic Life Support) to manage adult, paediatric and neonatal emergencies. Each ambulance is equipped with such monitoring equipment as ECG machine, multi-parameter patient monitor and ventilator.

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