Bangalore city now has an 'Ambu-Bus', a vehicle that can effectively intervene and save several lives in mass casualty situations. The bus re-purposed to serve as an ambulance by experts at Golden Hour was launched at a widely attended function in the city on August 21.

Golden Hour provides emergency care services in Bangalore under the leadership of well-known neurosurgeon Dr N K Venkataramana, who is the founder of Brains, a leading edge specialty neuro and spine hospital in Bangalore.

The bus was contributed by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) in a laudable initiative towards making life safer for the citizens of the city. The bus has been equipped with life-saving gear and technology to serve as an ambulance, which would be manned by paramedics trained at Golden Hour.

Speaking at the event, presided over by Mr C S Sundar Raju, Managing Director Atria Group, veteran political leader and MLA, Mr Ramalinga Reddy said that "every year 10000 people, a majority of them young people, lose their lives in accidents." In this alarming context, "the work of Golden Hour to intervene in emergencies and save lives is commendable," he said. Dedicating the bus to the people of his city, the six-time Bangalore MLA said: "I appreciate Golden Hour, which has taken a step forward to provide emergency services and am extremely happy to dedicate the service of the bus to the society."

Mr Umashankar, Managing Director, KSRTC, promised that his organization will offer full "support for all the good activities and initiatives of Golden Hour." He said that a process is being put in place to provide safety related training to all drivers and conductors. In future KSRTC will "contribute more buses covering all 54 depots across Karnataka for this noble initiative," he concluded.

Explaining the value of a large bus-sized ambulance in emergency situations Dr N K Venkataramana said that "when mass casualties have to be rescued you need to quickly and safely move a large number of seriously injured people with proper emergency medical support. In that context a bus of this sort, which can take care of eight severely injured and a similar number of people with relatively minor injuries, can be a huge life-saving asset." He also urged the people of Karnataka to contribute just 1 rupee on the Rajyothsava day to help the noble work of Golden Hour in securing the lives of people of the city.

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A letter from Dr N K Venkataramana, Founder & Chief Neurosurgeon, Brains

I began my journey as a neurosurgeon thirty years back, an incredibly long time in anyone’s life. All through this period I have felt blessed by the uplifting goodwill of countless people whose lives I was able to touch, directly and indirectly. It is because of this that I wish to do all I can to spread the benefits of the experience and knowledge I have gained over these decades beyond the physical confines of hospitals and help the poor, the needy and the deprived wherever they are.

The just launched Gurushri Seva Trust is a humble step in this direction. It is my belief that Gurushri will emerge as a fount of hope for the countless people who die or suffer from irreversible disability simply because they cannot afford quality medical attention. I have always believed that as doctors our overriding responsibility is to provide care and do our utmost to save lives, unaffected by monetary considerations…the motivation behind my initiatives like Comprehensive Trauma Consortium and Green Channel, under which doctors and hospitals can treat critically ill patients and save lives without worrying about whether they can pay.

However, the fact remains that advanced life-saving medical care is expensive and someone eventually has to foot the bill for the survival of hospitals that offer such care. The Gurushri Seva Trust will play this role and in conjunction with initiatives like Green Channel ensure that quality healthcare is never denied to those who need it the most regardless of their ability to pay. Our calculation shows that if every Indian citizen contributes as little 1 rupee a year, it could translate into saving 100,000 lives! Ultimately, the success of the Gurushri Seva Trust is in your hands: donate generously to this fund and help us save lives of people who might otherwise die for want of money.

It is established medical fact that if patients do not receive appropriate life-saving attention within an hour of meeting with an accident or any emergency, their chance of their survival fades away very quickly. The Gurushri Seva Trust will support Golden Hour, an initiative dedicated to ensuring that medical emergency patients receive the best possible attention, within an hour of being stricken. In addition the Trust will facilitate the transfer of knowledge to future generations of neurosurgeons and support research and training programmes oriented to continually improving the state-of-the-art in neuro and spine care and finding breakthrough treatments for diseases that are currently incurable.

A core objective of the Trust would be to provide financial support to the poor and needy for the treatment of serious, potentially life-threatening neurological diseases such as paediatric tumours as well as congenital anomalies of the brain and spine, which require intensive, specialised care that are expensive and way beyond their reach. Further, the Trust will support programmes designed to create awareness and drive advocacy related to brain, spine and neuro-care. It will also drive campaigns and initiatives that lead to the prevention of neurological disorders. On another front, the Trust will identify and support indigenous approaches to managing neuro issues, which may be more cost effective and accessible and, therefore, of the greater relevance to our country. Finally, the Fund will create and run support groups for people suffering from serious neurological diseases like Parkinson’s, stroke, epilepsy and cerebral palsy.

Golden Hour Training Academy: Promote and run first aid training programmes which will arm large number of people with knowledge and skills that could make the difference between life and death in medical emergencies. By participating in these programmes any one can learn how to intervene appropriately in emergency situations and rescue and revive casualties.

The Gurushri Seva trust is a repository of hope for critically ill or injured poor patients. This uniquely humane initiative has a simple and noble purpose: to extend monetary support to the treatment of abjectly poor patients who would otherwise have no hope of survival: patients stricken with morbid neuro conditions that call for specialised care, which they cannot hope to afford or access. The Trust aims to mobilise funds from all those willing to donate a fraction of what they have to help save lives and bring relief to needy patients facing extreme distress. It will, alongside, support a range of research activities aimed at finding cures for the incurable, supporting patients and caregivers of chronic disorders like Parkinson’s, rescuing accident and trauma victims within the Golden Hour and so on, every activity aimed at ensuring that human lives are not lost for the want of money. Anyone can help and save lives by contributing to the fund starting with as little 1 rupee a year. Just one rupee from every India citizen could help save more than 100,000 lives!

Also, read Appeal from Dr N K Venkataramana, Fonder & Chief Neurosurgeon, Brains

Donate now! To find out how, contact Dr Pramodh R K (Programme Coordinator ) at 9900999116

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Golden Hour runs a charitable trust that pays for the treatment of seriously ill poor patients. The fund serves as a support system that ensures the best possible life-saving care for every medical emergency patient whether or not he can pay as part of Golden Hour’s green channel initiative. Over years the trust has supported the care of hundreds of poor patients in critical need of treatment. Anyone can help and save lives by contributing to the fund starting with as little 1 rupee a year. Just one rupee from every India citizen could help save more than 100,000 lives!

Contact Dr Pramodh R K (Programme Coordinator ) at 9900999116 to find out how YOU can save lives

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