National Bone and Joint Day 2023: A Call to Action for Trauma Awareness and Immediate Assistance in India

National Bone and Joint Day 2023

New Delhi, 18th Aug 2023: Indian Orthopaedic Association, in collaboration with Kadambini Orthopaedic and Spine Trust (KOST-KCT), organized a special event at ACNR, MSS Hospital, Pitampura, Delhi, as part of the annual National Bone and Joint Day celebration. This year’s event spotlighted the urgent mission of providing Basic Lifesaving Skills training to 1.4 lac first responders.

This significant gathering highlighted the pressing need to address trauma and accident-related deaths in India. The theme for this year, “Each ONE Train ONE Save ONE,” underscores the critical role of immediate assistance and proper first aid in reducing fatalities caused by accidents.

India holds the unfortunate distinction of ranking first in road traffic accident deaths across 199 countries, as reported by the World Road Statistics 2018. In 2019 alone, a staggering 4,49,002 road accidents were reported, leading to 1,51,113 lives lost and 4,51,361 individuals injured. The event’s focus on imparting basic lifesaving skills training to first responders serves as a crucial step towards bridging this gap and saving lives.

The event saw the presence of esteemed medical professionals, including Dr. Shankar Acharya, Senior Orthopaedic & Spine Surgeon from Sir Gangaram Hospital, Delhi, and Trustee of KOST-KCT. Dr. Acharya emphasized that a substantial portion of these accidents could be prevented with timely medical care within the first golden hour after an accident. Immediate and proper first aid, even by common individuals or trained personnel, can significantly impact the survival rate of accident victims.

During the event, Dr. Suresh Kumar Chugh, General Physician, and Dr. Satish Pal, Head Physiotherapist of ACNR, highlighted the importance of prompt medical attention after accidents. They stressed the significance of efficient patient transfer and first aid, underscoring their potential to be lifesaving.

Dr. Shankar Acharya , Spinal Surgeon and Head Spine department, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital expressed, “The alarming statistics surrounding road accidents and trauma-related deaths in India require immediate attention. We can play a crucial role in saving lives and reducing these unfortunate incidents by empowering individuals with basic lifesaving skills and promoting timely first aid. The National Bone and Joint Day 2023 reminds us that we can make a difference in preventing avoidable fatalities.”

Moreover, the event also catered to bone health, with BMD assessments for 150 patients and education on osteoporosis prevention. Dr. Shailesh Tiwary, Senior Physiotherapist, provided patients with osteoporosis insights on maintaining proper posture and engaging in suitable exercises.

As the National Bone and Joint Day 2023 event concluded, a heartfelt appeal was extended to the media to disseminate this crucial message. By doing so, the Indian Orthopaedic Association aims to garner widespread support and participation, significantly reducing trauma and accident-related deaths across India.

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