Ahmedabad, Nov 12 (UNI) Two months after the launch of Emergency Medical Research Institute's (EMRI) toll-free number 108, the emergency response service for medical, police and fire exigencies has become a lifeline of the city, reaching 15 towns.
So far, 108 service has attended to 1300 calls, saved 105 lives and reached a victim to extend a helping hand in less than 13 minutes.
The toll-free 108 emergency response service for medical, police and fire exigencies in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar was inaugurated by former president APJ Abdul Kalam on August 30 in the presence of Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
The venture is a public-private partnership between a Hyderabad-based EMRI and the Gujarat government to provide 24x7 emergency service to road and fire accident victims as well as critically ill patients on a 24-hour basis throughout the year. EMRI founder B Ramlinga Raju had then promised that help would reach within 15 minutes during crisis.
Through this facility, a caller can also ask help in case he/she is caught in a fire accident and police emergency. All emergencies are directed to 108.
In the first week of its launch, 86 per cent calls were simple appreciation calls, according to sources. Appreciation at the work 108 promises to do and deliver swiftly. This was made possible with 32 ambulances operating day and night across 15 towns. From August, EMRI's 108 have made 1527 emergency dispatches to its callers.
EMRI's 108 leverages on the golden hour concept. In medical terms, it means reaching a patient in the first few minutes of crisis where the possiblity of saving a patient exists. Their target is to reach a patient in less than 15 minutes and do maximum to save a life. The first few minutes is crucial because in cases of any accidents the patient battles for life. Within this time if timely help is given chances are that life can be saved.
Every 108 vehicle carries all the life saving equipment like life defibrillator and ventilator. In a very bad situation, it is only an EMT who can avoid causing further damage to a victim's health than when he/she is attended by bystanders.