BIKE AMBULANCES (FIRST RESPONSE UNIT)
The Bike Ambulances / First Response unit (FRU) is inaugurated on 15th of April 2015 by Government of Karnataka. It is the “Platinum Ten Minutes” trauma care initiative aimed at reducing deaths due to road accidents. It is an unique initiative and is the first of its kind to be taken up by the State Government in our Country.
The first aid and medical care during the “Platinum Ten Minutes” is paramount to save the life of an accident victim, hence the pioneering attempt to start motorbike ambulance service.
The motorbike ambulance service is another pilot and pioneering initiative to ensure first aid to the victims during the Golden Hour.
They are useful for negotiating the small streets and heavy traffic in the large urban areas where it would be difficult to move ambulances through crowds. The fleet of high-powered touring motorcycles are available when required to respond to various trauma/medical incidents. The Bike ambulances will be currently deployed in Bangalore (19 Nos), Mangalore (2 Nos), and one each to the corporation areas of Mysore, Kalburgi, Belagavi, Hubballi-Dharawad, Davanagere, Tumakuru, Vijayapura Shimoga and Kolar districts, where heavy traffic congestion and narrow streets would be easily overcome by the agile nature of the bikes. The programme will be implemented through GVK-EMRI who are already experience in providing such services through Arogya Kavacha-108. Riders are paramedics or EMTs who are recruited and trained on managing emergencies. Motorbike ambulance drivers would be fully trained in rendering first aid and would start resuscitation measures to save the victim.
Two-wheelers by virtue of their size could manoeuvre through narrow and busy roads and reach accident spots with ease while they would be followed by a fully equipped four-wheel ambulance for shifting the victim to a nearest hospital for further treatment if necessary.
Bike Ambulance is able to respond to a medical emergency much faster than an ambulance or a car in heavy traffic which can increase survival rates for patients suffering cardiac arrest / accident / other emergencies.
Totally 2125 emergencies (minor trauma and accidents) are attended by the bike ambulances from the date of inception out of which 45 are critical cases and 962 cases are referred to 4 wheeler ambulance.