With 18 fatalities every hour, India has the highest number of road accident deaths in the world. Of those injured in accidents almost 80% victims do not achieve access to any care within the Golden Hour, which is the most crucial time after an accident. According to 201st report of the Law Commission of India, over 50% can be saved if even basic emergency care can be made available in this time. The main reason why most victims are unable to access care is the missing emergency medical services (EMS) system in most parts of India. Ambulances, where available, lack capacity, are ill-equipped and used only for patient transportation rather than decisive medical intervention. The Police which is often the first agency to respond are untrained and often aggravate injuries while transporting the victims. Bystanders are not only untrained but afraid to help victims for fear of getting involved in a legal hassle.
Yet we cannot ignore the vital role that Police and bystanders could play to support accident victims. With proper linkages in place, they can fill the severe gap in India’s Emergency Response Systems.
ABOUT JEEVAN RAKSHAK PROGRAM
Given this context, SaveLIFE Foundation (SLF) developed a unique, community-driven chain of survival, in the absence of a state-driven medical response system called “Jeevan Rakshak program”. Jeevan Rakshak program combines community volunteerism with healthcare, technology and law enforcement to create a network of medical first-responders that attends to injured victims with great alacrity and skill. Even in a scenario where the country does get an EMS system someday, SLF’s model will hold great relevance as growing traffic congestion and poor road conditions will delay EMS response and it would be SLF community and Police first responders who will reach the victim first and stabilize them till the arrival of paramedics in ambulances.
Till date, SaveLIFE Foundation has trained over 7,000 Police personnel and community persons in Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS) Skills in Delhi, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.
PROGRAM ELEMENTS OF JEEVAN RAKSHAK PROGRAM
- To recognise an emergency
- First contact with the victim
- Opening an airway
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
- Controlling bleeding
- Special scenarios (Bomb blasts, drowning, choking, electrocution, heart attack
KEY FEATURES OF JEEVAN RAKSHAK
- Program developed jointly by SLF and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
- Highly practical training aimed at high retention of skills
- Focus on imparting and improving skills through blended repetition
- Focus on special scenarios faced by Police
- Conducted free-of-charge to avoid bureaucratic delays – SLF bears the cost of training through donations and sponsorships
SAVELIFE MODEL OF EMERGENCY CARE
For more details, please contact:Mr. Piyush Tewari
Founder & President
A-223, Ansal Chambers – 1
Bhikaji Cama Place
New Delhi – 110066, INDIA