In a landmark development, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) announced a far-reaching agreement with Golden Hour, a leading Ban-galore-based provider of life-saving medical emergency services, at a well-attended function in the city on January 12. The collaboration will considerably enhance passenger safety across KSRTC’s large fleet of buses.
The event was presided over by the State Transport Minister, Mr H Revanna, the Chairman of KSRTC Mr Uma Shankarand many other dignitaries including poli-cy-makers and senior functionaries of the transport behemoth which runs more than 8000 buses and already has several firsts to its credit. Dr N K Venkataramana, the Founder and Chief Neurosurgeon of Brains Hospital was the Chief Guest.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Revanna hailed the first-of-its-kind initiative calling it ‘life-changing.’ ‘We will actively support it,’ he said, referring to the agreement, under which Golden Hour is equipping thousands of KSRTC buses with a carefully assembled first-aid kit and training more than 35000 drivers, conductors and technical staff on essential life-saving techniques.
The training is based on a curriculum designed by critical care specialists in line with American Heart Association standards. Also, released on the occasion was, Lifelines, a handbook packed with easy to follow knowledge for managing medical emergencies and saving lives.
Alongside this agreement, Dr N K Venkataramana, Founder of Brains Hospital and the man behind Golden Hour said that his not-for-profit organisation will soon roll out an initiative designed to help KSRTC drivers achieve peak fitness and concentration levels, both of which are critical for safe driving over long distances. This initiative will be based on a scientifically evolved module put together by experts including dieticians and fitness and medical professionals.
Unprecedented for any state transport company, the partnership between KSRTC and Golden Hour represents abreakthrough in the realm of public transport safety and quality.
Speaking on the occasion Dr NK Venkataramana, Chief Neurosurgeon and Founder of Brains Hospital said, “We aim to develop a large and extended network of first responders trained in simple life-saving medical techniques that can be performed with minimal gear.’ Referring to the MoU with KSRTC he said that this is ‘a significant milestone in my lifelong commitment to make life-saving medical services easily accessible to every citizen across Karnataka. This would not have been possible without the unstinted support of Mr Revanna, Mr Umashankar and a number of other public-minded leaders,’ he said.
What Is Golden Hour?
Golden Hour, a not-for- profit social arm of the Brains Hospital, is committed to preventing avoidable deaths from medical emergencies by providing the right life-saving care at the right time, that is within an hour of a medical emergency. The right care within this golden hour can prevent 30% of on-the- spot and 80 % of delayed deaths.