A report titled ‘Present Status of Emergency and Care of the Wounded in Secondary, Tertiary Level Centers and District Hospitals at National Level in India’ prepared by the Department of Emergency Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has been submitted to NITI Aayog.
In this, in addition to 34 district hospitals, the current status of 100 emergency and injured care centers in the government and private hospital systems in 28 states and two union territories of the country has been assessed.
According to the report, emergency departments in most hospitals are short of doctors, specialists and nursing personnel in proportion to the average number of patients. However, the required human resources are adequate in these hospitals.
According to the report, in view of the requirement of all emergency medicines available in emergency services departments for seven days and 24 hours, when the assessment was done, it was found that only nine out of all the hospitals meet this criteria.
It said that many government medical colleges are short of general HDUs (55 per cent), ICUs for heart-related ailments (55 per cent) and neuro ICUs (55 per cent). HDU (High Dependency Unit) means specialized ward where critically insured people are treated.
The report said that most hospitals did not have a separate blood bank in the emergency department and there was no existing standard protocol for large-scale blood donation.