The ‘golden hour’ refers to the one hour right after you suffer a traumatic injury, which is crucial for professional medical attention. Whether someone meets with an accident or suffers from a cardiac arrest, medical attention given in this golden hour can go a long way in potentially saving someone’s life.
Authorities in Central Railways (CR) in Mumbai have taken this into consideration and are now acting upon it. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) will now train railway staff to provide medical attention to travellers who might need urgent medical attention.
To put things into perspective, here are a couple of facts about Mumbai local trains: the Mumbai Suburban Railways operates around 2300 train services every day. Over 7.5 million people use these services daily!
And even if a small fraction of people need medical attention occasionally, the number of emergency cases cannot be ignored as menial.
SK Jain, the divisional railway manager in Central Railways, told Hindustan Times, “The basic first aid treatment will help commuters during any medical emergency. We aim to train all the railway staff, which will prove to be a boon for people during golden hour.”
Around 1019 staff members of CR, who hold positions in different suburban railway stations have already undergone training sessions by NDRF. CR is also considering the construction of Emergency Medical Rooms at the stations of Sion, Vikroli, Panvel, Kalwa, Ulhasnagar, Bhandup as well as Diva railway stations.
The list of people who will undergo the training includes ticket checkers, station managers as also cleaners and shoeshine workers. They will be able to provide CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and treat bites, foreign body obstruction, soft tissue injury, poisoning, bleeding, burns and cuts.
So hopefully, wherever and whenever a medical emergency arises in suburban central railways, someone will definitely be there to utilise the golden hour.
Lata Argade, the Vice President of Railway Pravasi Mahasangh, applauded this move saying, “The move taken by the railways is welcome, as it was urgently needed. However, in case of accidents, the railways generally enlist the help of outsiders and not its own staff. The railways should use their own staff for assistance in such cases.”