_ Sathish Kapikad
Mangaluru, June 25: The KMC Hospital, which is a part of Manipal Health Enterprises, has announced on Wednesday June 24th, about the commencement of its wide network of ambulance service named as “Manipal Ambulance Response Service (MARS)” and emergency number 0824-2222227. This aims at providing emergency medical services which will play a vital role in saving precious lives.
The ambulance service and the emergency number will be inaugurated on Friday June 26th at KMC Hospital in presence of Health minister U T Khadar, ACP (traffic) Udaya Nayak, and Superintendent of police (SP) Dr SD Sharanappa. Unit head of KMC – Dr Sagir Siddiqui and KMC medical superintendent Dr Anand Venugopal announced this at a press meet.
Dr Sagir said, this clinical service has been added to improve patient centricity which is one of our specialities. MARS helps us to treat the patients in a better way with added medical services equipped in the ambulance itself. The emergency number will give directions in handling the initial criticality and also provide the extra bit of time before the patient is shifted to our world class emergency service, said.
Dr Anand Venugopal said, time plays a key role during medical emergency. Immediate action and precise treatment during the patient’s transit is of utmost importance and enhances outcome. MARS is a complete medical emergency solution which offers the most advanced, comprehensive service and transportation during medical emergency. ALS (advanced life support) and BLS (basic life support) ambulances will be stationed at crucial junctions in the city round the clock to attend to patients in distress.
They also said that if patients arrive to KMC Hospital or any government hospital by ambulance they would not be charged, but if they go to any other private hospital, they would be charged a nominal fee as per existing charges.
MARS will provide a total monitored patient transportation during an emergency. This service will help community at large to save precious lives during ‘golden hour’. In case of any medical distress or emergency, the patients can dial the number 2222227 and their criticality will be addressed in the shortest period of time by trained medical representatives from KMC Hospital. Additionally, besides MARS launch (of four ambulances), KMC will partner with 13 other ambulances in different regions like Chikkamagaluru, Madikeri, Uddane, Kumble, Kasargod, Kanhangad, Pariyaram, Thaliparamba, Kannur etc and also intend to add more ambulances under the service called MARS connect.
The centralized 24×7 call centre and well-trained emergency response centre physicians will attend the emergency calls and attend to it accordingly. All the ambulance drivers will be trained on basic life support programmes to manage adult and paediatric emergency. Equipped with air-conditioner and advanced cardiac life support, patients can now have their treatment started in the ambulance itself, even before reaching the medical destination, reads the press release.