Plans to incorporate a larger network, to increase land ambulances, are also in the works
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has proposed a pilot project to station a helicopter at the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Rishikesh to meet the golden hour requirements for accident victims.
Once successful, the ministry explained that this project would be a leap forward in healthcare facilities in India and pave the way for other private players for such services.
It intends to undertake a pilot project implementing the use of helicopters in EMS roles to explore the viability, benefits and risks (if any) involved, in order to define the approach that can be taken before more resources are committed.
Many carriers have already shown strong interest in providing the service. In this regard, the department has requested an Expression of Interest (EOI) for helicopter emergency medical services.
The document consulted by the ANI indicated that the ministry wanted to develop emergency medical services by helicopter, in order to provide rapid medical assistance to citizens in need.
Air operators who express interest will be invited to attend a subsequent EoI conference at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, New Delhi, where they will be invited to make a presentation on their experience, capabilities and related issues, the document reads.
In medical parlance, the golden hour is the time when access to definitive care within an hour of the occurrence of a life-threatening trauma can mean the difference between life and death.
Plans to incorporate a larger network, to increase land ambulances, are also underway, to increase the accessibility of trauma care services across the country.
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