Innovative HEMS drill performed in India

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India-based air ambulance service ICATT recently conducted a first-of-its-kind live HEMS drill

The drill began at Jakkur Aerodome and involved an aero-medical rapid response by the ICATT’s HEMS team from Bengaluru to an accident site at Mandya District involving a mother and an infant. It was performed in real time and involved support from the Karnataka State Government.

ICATT aims to reduce the number of casualties from road accidents in India by at least 50 per cent by the year 2022

At the site in Mandya, the team demonstrated its rescue and resuscitation skills, stabilising the mother and infant and flying them back to Bengaluru where they were received by Dr C N Ashwathanarayan, Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, at Jakkur Aerodrome.

The drill involved the involvement of police, fire, aviation and medical services and, as such, was the first of its kind.

Dr Shalini Nilshad, ICATT Co-Founder, said: “The drill at Jakkur reinforces our commitment to save lives of people in emergency situations. That any patient in need of immediate medical care1 will be in safe hands and attended to, by our trained healthcare experts, is something that we take pride in and would like to communicate to people.”

Dr Nilshad also said that ICATT aims to reduce the number of casualties from road accidents in India by at least 50 per cent by the year 2022. “Air ambulance teams attending to accident victims are often seen in the US, UK and other European countries where it’s a much-evolved area of medical practice. I feel the service is just as imperative for India, where access to medical facilities is limited to developed regions. With ICATT’s service, we are about to change that.”