After a decade-long wait, the trauma centre of All India Institute of Medical Science, is all set to get a rooftop helipad soon. It will help the hospital to reduce crucial time in providing medical treatment to emergency patients. The AIIMS will be the first such Government hospital in country having such facility.
As per reports, the helipad clearance is in its final leg and it will be operational by next year. Clearance application will be sent to the aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) soon.
Earlier, the rooftop helipad faced some infrastructural issue and it came to the fore during DGCA inspection. Later hospital took those facts into consideration and as per hospital sources latest model is as per DGCA norms.
A total of 150-200 accident and injury cases are being tackled at AIIMS Trauma Centre on a daily basis, of which 10% patients need immediate hospital admission. With helipad on top, such patients will be lifted from the accident site from bordering states, highways and hard to reach regions.
Currently some private hospitals including Medanta and Apollo have airlifting facilities at a cost of Rs 1 Lakh per flying hour. Dr Yatin Mehta, chairman, institute of critical care and anaesthesiology, Medanta told Hindustan Times, that they bring about 50-55 patients per month and the cost for airlifting domestic patients can cost between Rs 4-6 Lakh. Dr Anupam Sibal, group medical director, adds that patients have to simply bear the cost of fuel and the plane.