A person severely injured in an accident should be handled carefully and given first aid in the form of Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS).

Our Chairman Dr G.Bakthavathsalam explains that the ATLS procedure should be initiated at the site of the accident, before the patient is being taken to hospital. There is a possibility that the accident victim might have suffered fractures in the neck and the hands, and got certain internal organs damaged.

If the patient is handled in an inappropriate manner, his neck injury will aggravate, resulting in paralysis and other health issues. In such an eventuality, the ATLS would be of great help. Under the ATLS, the safe handling of the patient gains primacy.

How to go about

The ATLS procedure, described below, is easy to follow:  a cervical collar should be used to keep the patient’s neck in a firm position and the fractured hand(s) should be secured to a splint with a bandage. If the pulse rate is down, both the legs should be raised above the hip level.

If there is any breathing problem, a respiratory device called Ambu Bag should be used.  After completion of the procedure in the above mentioned order, the patient must be referred to a fully equipped hospital where X-Ray, CT Scan and MRI Scan facilities are available.

Dr Bakthavathsalam says that since an accident victim might have suffered multifarious injuries, a team of specialists, including a neurosurgeon, a cardiothoracic surgeon, a general surgeon and an urologist, should attend on him.

Full-blown facility

KG Hospital is well equipped to handle accident victims because it has got specialists in multifarious disciplines who had earlier served in countries like Germany and the US, and over 25 highly qualified technicians, including Mr Krishnakumar and Mr Balakrishnan who have obtained postgraduate qualification in trauma care.

KG Hospital also has got advanced facilities such as X-Ray, CT Scan, MRI Scan, a Blood Bank, and a laboratory, all functioning round-the-clock.  The medical professionals in the hospital always put in 100 per cent effort to save the patients.

Dr Bakthavathsalam cautions that racing on the roads will abruptly cut short the life. Driving vehicles at slow to moderate speed will ensure the safety of the motorists and other road users.  Stressing on the preventive aspect, Dr Bakthavathsalam says that the two-wheeler riders and motorists should unfailingly wear helmets and seat belts and scrupulously follow the traffic rules.

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