Trauma facilities in Handwara could have saved lives: DAK

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‘Absence of emergency care costing human lives’

Srinagar, Apr 13:  While in rest of the world mortality has decreased markedly due to organized system of trauma care, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said that people in Kashmir continue to die because of lack of trauma facilities.

A day after the death of three civilians in Handwara due to gunshots, President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement issued here said that these deaths could have been prevented, had they been operated in time.

The deceased after being shot were immediately rushed to District Hospital Handwara where nothing was done and they were shifted to Srinagar which is 80 km away.

A study published in 2013 found that people shot more than 5 miles from a trauma center were more likely to die.

These people died because of non-availability of essential emergency care in hospital along with the lack of trained manpower to deal with such cases.

If the right treatment would have been given to them in time, they might have survived- simple trauma management could have saved precious lives.

There are no facilities in peripheries that can take care of these seriously injured patients.

Majority of these injuries are salvageable by timely intervention but are lost to underserved rural hospitals.

The concept of trauma care is non-existent in peripheries and the persons taking care of these patients are not adequately trained in life saving protocols and procedures.

These critically injured patients die as the golden hour so crucial for their survival is lost in transit.

It remains accepted wisdom that patients who require surgical care immediately are more likely to die if they do not get it in time.

For elective cases patients can wait, but trauma does not afford that opportunity.

The repeated advocacy for trauma care facilities in peripheries has fallen on deaf ears and no efforts have been made in that direction.

While government had announced trauma centers but they are yet to be made operational.

Even in Institute of Traumatology and allied Specialties hospital of Government Medical College Srinagar, trauma care has been put on backburner.