Rise in high-velocity accidents, say doctors
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At least 50 instant deaths in last 6 months due to head-on collisions
Even as three ambulances from Lokmanya Hospital reached the accident spot on Pune-Mumbai Expressway within 12 minutes, doctors could do little as five persons died on the spot due to the impact of the accident.
"We managed to treat the other two victims admitted to the hospital," Dr Narendra Vaidya, managing director of Lokmanya Hospital told Newsline. Doctors at the trauma care centre of the hospital that has stationed 10 ambulances at every 20 km on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway said in the last six months there has been a rise in the number of high-velocity accidents.
"The death rate per accident has increased. In the last six months, at least 50 persons have died instantaneously as the impact of the accident leads to serious crush injuries to head and pelvis," said Dr Shrikrishna Joshi, senior general manager at the hospital.
There are very few survivors of accidents that involve head-on collision of two vehicles on the expressway. Today's accident is one such case, Vaidya said. In the last 13 years, emergency medical service provided by Lokmanya Hospital has been able to save nearly 40,000 persons injured in accidents on the highway. Once a call is received by the call centre on mobile number 9822242100, ambulances take just eight to 12 minutes to reach the spot, Joshi said.
The 225-bed hospital that has facilities at Chinchwad and Nigdi has also embarked upon a project along with Tata Motors to educate drivers, schoolstudents and others about the importance of road safety. Trauma patients are categorised into three types - T-1, T-2 and T-3. Injuries are beyond repair for T-1 patients. These victims suffer from direct crushing of head, chest and pelvis, Vaidya explained and added that there has been a rise in these kind
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