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India: Experts Deliberate on State of Orthopedic Care - Unavailability of EMS emerged Major Hiccups


Mumbai: Over 6,000 orthopedic experts recently gathered to deliberate upon the latest advancements, research and best practices in the field of spine care. The unavailability of pre-hospital care involving, evacuation, first aid at site, and transportation, has emerged as the major hiccups in spinal cord injury care.  Speaking at the event in Agra, Dr HS Chhabra, chief spine surgeon and medical director, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, said "Spinal cord injury is perhaps the most devastating ailment that can afflict an individual. Its management is very expensive as it requires a multi-disciplinary team, huge inf
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India: Recognize Symptoms of Stroke, Provide Help in the Golden Hour


Stroke patients need not live in vegetative state or suffer from paralysis provided they get proper medical help at the right time. But very few realise the need to rush a patient to a stroke centre within the golden period, said doctors at a one-day workshop organised to create awareness on stroke and after stroke care. Addressing the workshop, Dr Sucheta Mudgerikar, senior consultant neurologist at Apollo Hospitals, said: ‘According to a study, over 15 lakh Indians suffer stroke every year and about 30% of them die, while another 30% are left with a disability. In such backdrop, very few people know that one can avoid getting handica
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India: Highways Fraught with Danger


Bangalore: Upgrading highways top the agenda of governments at the Centre and states. Yet safety seems to take a backseat on these roads where mangled vehicles, scattered glass shards, and bloodstains are a common sight. Experts say highway deaths continue unabated because the so-called 'state-of-the-art roads' allow motorists to zoom at roaring speed but doesn't guarantee their safety. Speeding vehicles treat pedestrians as persona non grata. Service roads are either non-existent or designed such that they are mere roadblocks along the high-speed corridors. And most highways have few options when it c
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India: Ambulance Rate Fixed for 34 Regions Across Maharashtra


Mumbai: People across Maharashtra can now hire an ambulance, state-run or private, at a fixed tariff, thanks to the persistent efforts of an activist from Thane. The transport commissioner’s office recently released a rate card that will be applicable in 34 out of the state’s 48 regions. Mumbaikars, however, will have to wait longer for this as the city is among the remaining 14 regions where a standard rate hasn’t been fixed yet. Besides Mumbai, the others that come under the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Transport Authority (MMRTA) region are Thane, Panvel, Kalyan, Navi Mumbai and Vasai, all of which are awaiting a fixed ra
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India: Kochi Action for Road Safety and Medical Aid to the Rescue of Accident Victims in Kochi


Kochi: Citizens can now heave a sigh of relief since a new initiative is being launched to rush accident victims to hospitals in Kochi. District administration and motor vehicles department (MVD) will join hands to form Kochi Action for Road Safety and Medical Aid (KARMA), a charitable society, for this purpose. Auto drivers have been roped in as volunteers and those injured in accidents will receive immediate treatment at hospitals even if they don't have money. The district collector will convene a meeting of all stakeholders on December 13 Friday to discuss the launch date and representatives of MVD, police, health dep
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