From the Huffington Post:
Trauma care barely exists across much of India, where 160,000 people die in road accidents every year. Some of those people would surely survive if the system were better.
Ambulances have no medical equipment, and very few doctors are trained in emergency care, said Piyush Tewari, whose nonprofit helps trauma victims get medical attention within the first 60 minutes after an emergency, when medical intervention has the best chance of saving a victim’s life. A 2006 report in the Indian Journal of Surgery found that more than 80 percent of Indians don’t get care within that “golden hour.”
This delay hasn’t really improved in the last six years, said Dr. Mahesh Joshi, head of emergency medicine at Apollo, India’s largest network of private hospitals. “Even in big cities like Mumbai, it is virtually impossible for a heart or trauma patient to reach any doctor within the first hour,” he said.
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