An accident is any unforeseen or unplanned circumstance that is a mishap and has a negative outcome. While most minor accidents are not life threatening, a lot of major accidents happen around us every day. Most common types of accidents involve automobile and road accidents, sports related accidents, fall injuries or fire accidents. It is important to understand the emergency services and emergency management required during an accident, for the victim. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) aims at providing acute medical care to the victim, either in the emergency room or outside the hospital.
The critical care of victims, who have suffered injuries during the accident (e.g. road accident), is handled by the accident and emergency department (A&E department) of the hospital. Paramedics who work in the accident and emergency department are deployed to help the victim at the site of accident. They provide the accident victims with emergency medical services, ambulance services and provide transport to the emergency room.
Accident and emergency services at Columbia Asia
Columbia Asia Hospitals in India are fully equipped with the appropriate emergency medical service facilities, training and equipment in the accident and emergency department to help the victims of accidents. Ambulance services, paramedic services and other emergency care and services are provided to victims. With several branches in Bangalore, and other cities like Ghaziabad, Kolkata, Mysore, Gurugram, Patiala and Pune, we at Columbia Asia aim to provide the critical care to accident victims in emergency situations.
Department of Accident and Emergency Services
The accident and emergency department provides emergency medical services to patients who may suffer from cardiac arrests, trauma, mental illness, asthma and heart attacks. During road accidents or fall, the victim may experience trauma due to multiple injuries in different organs. It is necessary for trained professionals to handle this with care.
Major trauma is a term used for people with multiple injuries. It is initially treated in the emergency department but later handled by a specialized trauma department. A trauma team, which is trained in the principles of the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), takes over treatment of the victim.
Emergency services provided in the accident and emergency department to road accident and other accident victims may vary from simple x-rays and setting of broken bones, to activating a full-fledged trauma care team to take over management of the patient care. If critical care is provided within the critical time frame “golden hour”, chances of survival of the patient are greatly improved.
What types of emergencies are handled by the accident and emergency department?
Patients with serious illnesses and injuries are assessed at the accident and emergency department. A person may be brought in to the emergency room or given emergency care at the site of accident in case of the following:
Here is a list of accident and emergency patient care services
- Severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
- Loss of consciousness
- Breathing difficulties
- Sports injuries
- Head and spinal cord injuries
- Pediatric emergencies
- Industrial accidents
- Burns due to a fire accident
- Road accident multiple injuries
- Fall injuries
At Columbia Asia, the accident and emergency department provides quality care in case of accidents. The trauma team comprises of trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, physiotherapists, psychiatrists and nurses.