All 24 civil hospitals across the state were on Thursday provided with an advanced and modern ‘ICU on Wheels’ ambulance. The service was launched in Ahmedabad by state health minister Jaynarayan Vyas. The ambulances will be of great help in care of critical patients for their pre-hospital and intra-hospital transfer.
The state health department claimed that Gujarat was the first and only state in the country to have such ambulances fitted with latest emergency and life-saving medical instruments of international standards. “All these ambulances are having latest technology and matches international standards in patient care. It doesn’t have any welding, filling or painting in the patient section, which makes it bacteria-free, fire-proof and shock-proof.” said Dr Bimal Modi, orthopaedic surgeon at Gandhinagar Civil Hospital.
Each ambulance has been prepared at a cost of Rs33 lakh. The ‘ICU on Wheels’ is equipped with transport ventilator, cardiac defibrillator-cum-multi-parameter monitor, automatic portable respirator, and a stretcher with a weight-bearing capacity of 100 kg that can be handled by a single person. “All the instruments are light-weight and shock-proof. It has facility for wireless data transfer forcommunication with doctors at the base hospital,” said Modi.