Save Life Foundation is a Kolkata based ‘Non Government and Non Profit Organization’ which is operating independently the ‘Highway Rescue Project’ in West Bengal. Save Life Foundation launched ‘HRP’ in West Bengal on 23rd July 2007, with knowhow from Varodara based internationally reputed NGO – ‘Life Line Foundation’, who is the pioneer of the concept of this Highway Rescue Project in India. At the very beginning Save Life Foundation of West Bengal was assisted and guided by Life Line Foundation. A MOU was signed between Save Life Foundation and Life Line Foundation to carry the project forward over a period of three years (2007 – 31st March 2010) and during these three years Life Line Foundation will source corporate partners for fundings and provide technical knowhow to Save Life Foundation. After that Save Live Foundation will work independently with own source of fund. So from 2010 April Save Life Foundation set the foot independently without outsource funding to initiate the Highway Rescue Project till September 2010. National Rural Health Mission of India started funding Save Life Foundation to move forward the Highway Rescue Project from October 2010 -2011.Funding by NRHM lasted for a year only.After that Save Life Foundation again started moving forward the HR project independently from November 2011 to 2012 March. During this period no outsource funding was available to continue our noble efforts. From 2012 April Health & Family Welfare Department of West Bengal Government joins hand together with Save Life Foundation. They started funding the Highway Rescue Project. Till today the Health & Family Welfare Department is giving the entire support to strengthen the initiative and to make the project successful. Without the help of the Department it could have been a great difficulty to carry forward.
Save Life Foundation works towards ensuring that no one should be allowed to die caused by accidents on the Highway of West Bengal due to timely support of emergency medical service. It will be our endeavor to develop and provide rescue and availability of the medical aid to all section of the society and to sensitize the common man to intervene when they see an accident or any other medical emergency. Highway Rescue Project is the first initiative for trauma care of accident victim on highways of India. It ensures rescue, evacuation and pre- hospital care for accident victims on Indian roads. In India in every 1.9 minutes one trauma related death takes place, affecting the most productive age group (20-40 years). Lack of medical attention has been attributed 30% of death at the site and 80% of the remaining patient dying within an hour of injury. Most of these deaths are due to airway problem, respiratory failure or continuing hemorrhage which can be prevented to a great extent with appropriate pre-hospital emergency care. Considering the urgency of immediate treatment, ‘the Golden hour’ and “Platinum 10 minutes” concept has been developed to minimize the gap between the time of injury and initial medical attention.
Initiation of Treatment during the First Critical “GOLDEN HOUR”. Training of Paramedics and Citizens in “TRAUMA LIFE SUPPORT”. Establishment of Pre-Hospital Care, Transportation of the Victims by the Trained Paramedics to the Right Place of Medical Expertise, in the shortest possible Time. Awareness, Education and Participation of the Community in this Project. A Single Unified Emergency Number & Central Ambulance Dispatch Control system.
The concept of Emergency Medical Service is still in its very early stage of development in India. Basic first aid care providers or the First responders after an accident should be improved with basic first aid training. For successful and smooth functioning of the pre-hospital emergency services, Involvement of local community, like all drivers (including the ambulance driver), police personnel, teachers and other interested people are largely required.These personnel should be able to get involved in assisting victims at the site of injury, call for help, assess safety, clearing airways, control of bleeding, removing persons.