Published On: Sat, Aug 18th, 2018

BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals launches ‘I AM EMERGENCY READY’ training drive in Bangalore

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  • BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals Bengaluru launches ‘I am Emergency Ready’ drive to train local citizens to manage medical emergencies
  • The hospital also introduced the ‘Good Samaritan Awards’ to celebrate the good deeds by commoners that helped saved lives

Bangalore, August 17, 2018: On the occasion of Independence Day, BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals announced the launch of their emergency drive titled ‘I AM EMERGENCY READY’. The objective of this initiative is to minimize the damage and loss during medical emergencies by training public to administer immediate care to keep a patient stable until medical help arrives.

The launch that took place at BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals in Kengeri was attended by T Suneel Kumar, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Bangalore City, Ravichannavar, IPS, DCP West, B K Singh, IPS, Add. Commissioner of Police, Bangalore West, Sathya Narayana, Corporator, Kengeri and Dr K E Mohan, Principal, BGS Global Institute of Medical Sciences.

The hospital began the launch programme by acknowledging the support of the ER doctors, nurses and paramedics in managing medical crises on a daily basis. Through this drive, the hospital will conduct Basic Life Support (BLS) training for individuals, corporates, and the common man like auto drivers, roadside vendors, School students and teachers, parents, social workers, security guards etc. At the end of the training, participants will be provided with a certificate and an emergency toolkit.

The hospital also used the opportunity to acknowledge the critical role that the traffic police play in times of medical emergencies. As a token of gratitude they donated 10 barricades to the Bangalore city Police.

Dr Ravindranath K, Chairman   & MD, BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals shared: “As a community centred hospital, we have always invested our efforts in providing quality healthcare support to all sections of the society and to create awareness and educate local communities on preventive measures and treatments for various illnesses. The ‘I Am Emergency Ready’ drive is one such initiative that we are proud to present. In times of medical emergencies, it is often seen that during those critical minutes before medical help arrives, bystanders are unable to do anything to stabilize a patient leading to worsening of the patient’s condition in many cases. It is well-established that a person’s chance of survival is greatest if they receive medical care within a short period of time or ‘golden hour’ after a severe injury. Hence, in trauma cases rapid intervention is required and through this initiative we aim to raise awareness on the steps one can take to manage common medical emergencies, so that the patient can be stabilized for transport to the nearest hospital.”

Aligned with this theme, the hospital added 10 ambulances to their fleet to better service people in need.

The hospital also announced the ‘Good Samaritan Award’, a felicitation program that would acknowledge and appreciate those Samaritans who have helped victims in case of any emergency. The programme encourages you to nominate an individual who has stabilized someone by providing basic life support treatment during a medical emergency or coordinated a swift evacuation in a critical emergency or donated blood or rendered any kind of unusual support in a medical emergency or took care of a person under a critical emergency condition, until help arrived. Nominations are open once a year for two months from August 15.  At the end of the nomination period, three individuals will be identified for their presence of mind and lifesaving action, to be felicitated at a function where they will receive Rs 20,000/- each.

(L to R)Ms Shailaja Suresh, CEO, Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bengaluru Dr Ravindranath K, Chairman & MD, BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Mr Suneel Kumar, Bengaluru Police Comissioner

Ms Shailaja Suresh, CEO, Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bengaluru said “The ‘Good Samaritan Awards’ is a unique initiative from our hospital. We encourage Bengalureans to participate or nominate others in this felicitation programme, so that we may raise awareness on the core issue of how arming oneself with basic first response knowledge could potentially save a life in a medical trauma. In recent times, the Karnataka government had proposed a similar initiative titled ‘Jeeva Rakshak Prashasthi’ which would bestow an award on those who help accident victims at district and state levels. We humbly request the government to consider our involvement in this programme so that we are able to jointly drive awareness and make this programme a success.”

Data suggests that the most common medical emergencies witnessed in hospitals in Bangalore are road accidents and other trauma related injuries, heart attacks or other cardiac related illnesses, strokes etc. In all these cases, time is crucial and administering adequate first response treatment could make all the difference.

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