SaveLife Emergency Response Network (SERN)
The current weak EMS infrastructure in India has driven SLF to draw on strengths of apex medical institutions, police forces and the community to create the SaveLife Emergency Response Network (SERN) that will respond to an accident victim with urgency, skill and efficiency.
We plan to launch the first network in the city with highest number of road fatalities in India-New Delhi.
On 18th August 2008, Nirmala Kadam died on a busy road in Mumbai. Hit by a taxi while crossing the road, Kadam was then run over by a bus. As she lay in a pool of blood, begging for water, the world turned a blind eye to Kadam’s distress. Even the Police constables, who came ostensibly to help, treated her with callous neglect. She died on the way to hospital. – Times of India, August 31, 2008
|Pictures: Times of India
Consider a similar scenario with SERN
An accident occurs on a busy road in New Delhi. A call goes out to the SLF Control Room. The control room informs the Police/Fire departments and sends out an SMS to all volunteers registered with SERN. By the time Police negotiates traffic and arrives at the spot, SERN volunteers from the area secure and stabilize the victim with immediate care by the road side. The victim is then transported to the hospital by Policemen trained by SLF in Basic Life Support.
Training Police & Volunteers
Through a strategic partnership with Delhi Police and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), India’s apex institution for emergency care, SLF has already facilitated BLS training for 30% of Delhi Police’s first responders since February 2009. This phase of the project is expected to be complete by September 2009. SLF is providing this service free of cost.
The 3-hour Basic Life Support (BLS) course, including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), is conducted by SLF in collaboration with the Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre (also known as AIIMS Trauma Centre). The program is aimed at providing basic skills, and confidence, required to save someone's life in an emergency. The message conveyed by the program is basic and repetitive so that participants become thorough in the skill-set being taught.
The program elements include,
- Recognising an emergency
- First contact with the victim
- Contacting Police/Hospitals
- Opening an airway
- Controlling bleeding
- Special scenarios (Bomb blasts, drowning, choking, electrocution, heart attack)
The program's target audience is,
- Police emergency responders
- Traffic Police
- School & college students
- Young professionals
- Three-wheeler & taxi drivers
At present the program is conducted only in the Delhi/NCR area but will soon be expanded to other parts of the country. If you are interested to start the program in your area, please contact SLF at
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