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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 49-54

Who killed Rambhor?: The state of emergency medical services in India


Department of Community Medicine, VCSG Government Medical Sciences and Research Institute, Srinagar-Garhwal, (Dist-Pauri Garhwal), Uttrakhand, India

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Rajesh H Garg
Department of Community Medicine, VCSG Government Medical Sciences and Research Institute, Srinagar-Garhwal, (Dist-Pauri Garhwal), Uttrakhand
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-2700.93113

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In India, the healthcare delivery system starts up from the sub-center at the village level and reaches up to super specialty medical centers providing state of the art emergency medical services (EMS). These highest centers, located in big cities, are considered the last referral points for the patients from nearby cities and states. As the incidents of rail and road accidents have increased in recent years, the role of EMS becomes critical in saving precious lives. But when the facilities and management of these emergency centers succumbs before the patient, then the question arises regarding the adequate availability and quality of EMS. The death of an unknown common man, Rambhor, for want of EMS in three big hospitals in the national capital of India put a big question on the "health" of the emergency health services in India. The emergency services infrastructure seems inadequate and quality and timely provision of EMS to critical patients appears unsatisfactory. There is lack of emergency medicine (EM) specialists in India and also the postgraduation courses in EM have not gained foot in our medical education system. Creation of a Centralized Medical Emergency Body, implementation of management techniques, modification of medical curriculum, and fixing accountability are some of the few steps which are required to improve the EMS in India.


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