Short thread on how kickass our TN Government health services is! I am super impressed and wanted to share this with everyone. @NHM_TN @Vijayabaskarofl 1/n
At 9 pm approx (13 July), my security guard rings my doorbell sweating profusely, complaining of chest pain. We were in the midst of dinner and were totally unprepared for this. 2/n
Managed to get through to 108 in three tries and the ambulance reached us in less than ten minutes. The call centre girl was efficient and patched us to the ambulance driver quickly.
Both of them ask me mandatory Covid related questions and then a few more questions on exact location and asked us to have someone stand on the street, outside my building. 4/n
The Male nurse from the get-go, was extremely good. Handled the patient well… polite, respectful and empathetic. Once in the ambulance (in which I travelled along), he had a tough time with the patient who was unwilling to lie down, wouldn’t keep the oxygen mask on etc. 5/n
Kept his cool through out, while he tried to check his vitals and then put a line in, which was a struggle, as the man was totally uncooperative. Pretty soon, we were at Royapettah Hospital. 6/n
Now, this was perhaps my first time inside a proper government hospital…. I was impressed. The young doctors and nurses in the Triage section were great. The male nurse from the ambulance worked smoothly with them, like he was a member of staff. 7/n
All of them seemed to work hurriedly, as they handled about 15 patients and related attenders in the Emergency room. All with a great sense of purpose and no chaos at all. 8/n
Our patient needed to be pinned down, as he refused O2, pulled out the line which was inserted earlier etc. Big ups to all the nurses, who were super patient while taking his ECG, putting a new line & then calming him down (with some sedative I guess). 9/n
I step out of the emergency room to the car park to meet my driver who has now arrived. The male nurse from earlier has finished all his work and is walking back to the ambulance. 10/n
Now, the MAIN part… I holler and walk up to him… tell him I want to give him something… he says NO… I try again, this time actually bringing out a small wad of notes and he could see it was 500s… but again he said NO and said ’We are not supposed to take, brother!’ 11/n
There was nobody near us. This guy was real!! I couldn’t believe this. I’ve been in similar situations with the upmarket ambulance service (extremely professional), which came at a certain price & ending up in a private hospital, only to be hassled for tips by the lift boy! 12/n
I was so happy that this is the current scene in Chennai and I must say, I am loving it! Respect to these doctors and healthcare workers who are working selflessly, during these trying times. 13/n
Please do not speak disparagingly of TN Health services, if you have never experienced it. Love Chennai! Jai Hind!@Vijayabaskarofl @NHM_TN 14/n
Lastly, for those who asked, the patient is stable now. 15/15
Key Points from the Narration & my Comments (in Bold Italics)
The police was very very helpful. They asked the crowd to keep away and got hold of the bolero driver.
There is a common misconception among people that Police do not help people or behave mechanically. The reality is always the other way round
I immediately gathered all my strength and asked for water & lime juice with salt. The police arranged immediately.
Police go to the extent of Helping the accident victim with the drink of his choice 🙂 🙂 That is really appreciable. But at the same time, we need to also educate the police and in case the patient requires surgery, it is better to keep the stomach free of any fluids. Of course, accident victims will feel thirst due to two mechanism (1) Blood Loss –> Hypovolemia (2) Sympathetic System Surge –> Dry Mouth , but don’t give anything by mouth till treatment plan is finalised
They also called the 108 and took me to Sankagiri GH.
Once inside the ambulance, I asked the attendar in the ambulance to remove my shoes and throw them away as they were out of shape and I could get some fresh air.
04:55 pm –
Sankagiri GH team received me with full speed, no time wasted they started first aid. Most painful moment of my life. Just a small pain killer given – no sedation – my big open wound was stitched and packed like a Rambo movie.
Please note that the GH Team had received immediately – 🙂 No Sedation Given – Because head injury is not yet ruled out. Any Sedation will lead to difficulty in accessing the neurological status if the patient’s consciousness goes down either due to head injury or due to blood loss6. Sankagiri GH has completed the First Aid + Wound Management in 20 minutes. In Singapore and UK, the average waiting time in ER is in hours while in TN we see that
Accident : 4:40 PM
Ambulance takes Patient to Hospital : 4:55 PM
Hospital completes First Aid & Wound Management : 5:15 PM
Very Few Countries can match this efficiency. And Remember. All these are done without patient paying a single paisa or even worrying about payment or having to fill forms etc
05:15 pm – Sankagiri GH process was over. We knew that golden moments should not be wasted. Mahesh bro came in his Thar jeep. The GH team made me sit comfortably on the back of the Jeep and we headed towards KMCH.
The GH team made me sit comfortably – Shows the Empathy
Full Narration Follows
What happened to me?
Lot of calls, messages enquiring about my health. Something went wrong and it is no fault that people who love me with lot of attention & care want to know what happened to me? – I can very well understand this curiosity is due to the care and affection.
I am bound to explain what happened to all of you. Due to my current position, I am explaining as short as possible about what happened.
Tue 15th Jan
07:00 am – Started on a ride to Pondy with the Lone Wolves
10:00 pm – Met with Pondy paleo friends at the beach
Wed 16th Jan
03:00 am – Had a great peaceful time with friends at the beach. Slept
07:00 am – Went to Vedhapureswarar temple, had a great darshan
11:00 am – Ride out from Pondy headed back home
03:00 pm – Had a good lunch at Ayodhipattinam before Salem
03:45 pm – Refuelled at Salem
04:15 pm – Felt sleepy, slept on the pavement of closed tea shop, was a good power nap
04:30 pm – Got up fresh, started riding back
04:40 pm – 4 kms after Sankagiri, was riding very slow, suddenly a bolero disappeared from nowhere without stopping to see from the other side service lane and came into enter this side service lane. I tried to avoid and ride to the left – could not avoid – got hit by the bolero on my right knee and was thrown yards away landing on the foot of a tea shop on the service lane. After the fall, I tried to get up. I sat up. There was police nearby. They rushed to my rescue. Somebody from the crowd tried to touch my helmet. I yelled at him to stay away and not to touch me. I consciously removed my ray ban, and then slowly my helmet making sure there was no dent in the helmet. The police was very very helpful. They asked the crowd to keep away and got hold of the bolero driver. I could see my right leg almost ripped on into two. How lucky a man is to see his own leg bones. 🙂 🙂 🙂
I immediately gathered all my strength and asked for water & lime juice with salt. The police arranged immediately. They also called the 108 and took me to Sankagiri GH. Once inside the ambulance, I decided not to make any unwanted calls fearing I would faint any time seeing the wound up close and blood that was flowing. I asked the attendar in the ambulance to remove my shoes and throw them away as they were out of shape and I could get some fresh air.
The first call I made was to my friend & brother Maheshwaran Nallaiyan from Tiruchencode as he was the nearest person I could reach from Sankagiri. I was very sure that even if he was not at home, he will arrange someone to take care of me immediately. My luck he was at home & his driver was at Sankagiri already for some work. He said his driver will reach GH first immediately & he will come there in 10 mins. That was a great relief to have a loved one nearby.
The second call I made was to my brother Dr. Dharani Subramaniam explained my situation and asked what to do. Dharani said do not panic. If you can remember me, call me without any chaos in such a situation you are mentally all well. He told me to finish GH first aid and head straight to KMCH, Coimbatore immediately without hesitation. Within 5 mins, Dharani called me back – said that all arrangements to receive me has been arranged by the top medics team at KMCH, Coimbatore at Emergency. He also said that he is on the way already to KMCH.
All this happened in a time of 10 minutes.
04:55 pm – Sankagiri GH team received me with full speed, no time wasted they started first aid. Most painful moment of my life. Just a small pain killer given – no sedation – my big open wound was stitched and packed like a Rambo movie.
Mahesh bro arrived at the GH when the first aid was going on and caught my hand offering strength.
05:15 pm – Sankagiri GH process was over. They called for a private ambulance who said he will come in one hour. We knew that golden moments should not be wasted. Mahesh bro came in his Thar jeep. The GH team made me sit comfortably on the back of the Jeep and we headed towards KMCH.
05:30 pm – I call and inform Mom that i met with a small accident – repeatedly said her not to panic and start immediately to KMCH. Mahesh bro drove me very comfortably keeping me occupied talking all the way so I should not sleep.
07:10 pm – I arrive at KMCH and get admitted at Emergency
07:20 pm – Dr. Dharani arrives check my wound and says not to worry we are in best hands.
07:30 pm – Doctors start checking my wound taking photos sending to seniors – deep discussion starts and Dr.Dharani is with them.
08:00 pm – More pain – they again wash my wound and make new dressing
08:10 pm – Taken to Xray
08:50 pm – Taken to CT scan – discussion continue with results
11:45 pm – Taken to Operation Theatre – Procedure 1 begins
It was a 2 hour long procedure thoroughly cleaning my wound so that no infection spreads in my body due to the external particles from the road
Thu 17th Jan
03:15 am – Reached room
10:00 am – Got up, rest day
Recoup the accident. I knew how i fly. Had there been an impact to my helmet, it should have been fatal. Lucky to be alive. It was my death day. Only Lord Shiva saved my life ending it with just a hit.
Fri 18th Jan
12:30 pm – Taken to Operation Theatre – Procedure 2 begins
It was the ortho procedure. Ortho surprised that my bone was damn strong to take such a beating. Just one minor fracture – fixation done with a bio collapsible tiatinium screw. No further damange – only scratches, will be healed by itself in a month – The effect of regular bone broth & vitamin d
06:00 pm – Reached room
Sat 18th Jan – Rest day
Sun 20th Jan – Doctor visits, remove dressing and fixes next procedure on Monday
Mon 21st Jan
02:00 pm – Taken to Operation Theatre – Procedure 3 begins
Again wound cleaning. Total dead skin removed.
06:00 pm – Reached room
Tue 22nd Jan
11:00 am – Dressing removed and VAC machine fixed to heal the wound faster