New Delhi: To ensure prompt medical care for patients suffering from sudden cardiac arrest in public places, the Delhi government is planning to install Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) – a medical device designed to analyze heart rhythm and normalize it with controlled electric shocks. Officials say teams will soon begin a mapping exercise to identify areas where busiest locations, such as bus stations, marketplaces and train stations, can be located.
A senior official of the Delhi government’s health department said the idea was to ensure basic cardiovascular support for a patient in the event of a medical emergency.
“We install portable AEDs with detailed manuals that will provide the right way for ordinary people to use this device in a medical emergency. These are basically the same as the fire extinguishers you see in malls and office spaces. If someone has a medical emergency like a heart attack, it is a very important tool to use in a public place until they get the right hospital care, ”said a health official.
The health department exercise was prompted by directions from the Delhi High Court asking the government to set up proper medical equipment and training teams in public places to provide basic and advanced cardiac life support to prevent sudden heart attack deaths.
These directives are based on a public interest litigation initiated by the High Court based on a letter written by the late Dr KK Agarwal, the former National President of the Padma Shri Award and the former National President of the Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI), on the need to establish medical centers. Teams trained to implement cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and AEDs to prevent sudden cardiac deaths in public places.
Currently, limited locations – major shopping malls, the Delhi airport and the Delhi metro – have trained medical teams and proper medical equipment to prevent any serious medical mishaps.
DMRC Chief Executive Director (Corporate Communications): “All DMRC stations provide first aid and emergency services in collaboration with CATS (Centralized Accident and Trauma Services) and nearby hospitals to deal with medical emergencies. Said Anuj Dayal.
Health experts across the board have welcomed the government’s decision to eventually install a system that would enable immediate care for patients.
Dr Srikanth Srinivasan, Head of the Critical Care Medicine Division of the Human Care Medical Charitable Trust-Manipal Hospital, said that sudden cardiac arrest is a major public health problem and is less likely to survive in the absence of quick and timely intervention.
“These devices require minimal training for operation and are essential for improving outcomes from sudden cardiac arrest. They should be available in large public meetings. Said.