New Delhi, January 27-We all have heard this phrase- ‘where there is a will, there is a way’, but a team of dedicated doctors from Indraprastha Apollo Hospital actually lived up to it and in the process reaffirmed the faith of a son over this noble profession.
Chakku Lal’s Ordeal
Sunil Kumar’s 69 year-old father Chakku Lal developed some health complications on June 3, 2018 and his regular medicines were soon of no use. At around 1:30 AM, Sunil noticed that his father’s heart rate was going beyond 152 beats per minute and he immediately called for emergency medical help at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital.
Without any delay, an emergency response team was rushed to the spot. In order to better understand the complications his father was having and to prepare his team for any all kinds of emergency procedures, the team kept speaking with Sunil on the way.
But once they reached Sunil’s locality, they encountered the first hurdle of the night. All the lanes and by-lanes of the locality were so congested that the ambulance could not pass through it. Responding to the call of duty, the emergency team decided to leave the ambulance behind, picked all the required equipment and rushed to Sunil’s first floor house, located in an equally congested lane.
Timely Emergency Response
- Dr. Priyadarshini Singh, Head of Department, Emergency, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, said, “As there was no scope for the patient to be shifted to the hospital as he was having extreme difficulty in breathing, the emergency team decided to administer him crash intubation and temporary ventilation at the spot. Crash intubation is performed when the patient is at high risk because of compromised airways – also known as aspiration. An endotracheal tube is inserted into the trachea of the patient to the lungs from regurgitation through the oesophagus. The procedure requires high skill and it temporarily stabilizes the patient for further intensive care and procedures.”
“The emergency team quickly checked the basic parameters of my father. There was no way that we could have carried my father to the ambulance, so they decided to start the treatment then and there itself. As my father was unable to breathe, they performed the intubation procedure at home only and administered some medicines to stabilize his heart rate and other vital parameters,” said Sunil.
As there was no scope for the patient to be shifted to the hospital as he was having extreme difficulty in breathing, the emergency team decided to administer him crash intubation and temporary ventilation at the spot. Crash intubation is performed when the patient is at high risk because of compromised airways – also known as aspiration.
An endotracheal tube is inserted into the trachea of the patient to the lungs from regurgitation through the oesophagus. The procedure requires high skill and it temporarily stabilizes the patient for further intensive care and procedures.
It is to be noted here that aspiration – a condition in which food, liquids, saliva or vomit is breathed into the airways – is one of the largest cause of deaths associated with airway management.
Once Chakku Lal was stable, the medical team carefully carried him to the ambulance and then drove towards the hospital. This time, the emergency team members kept talking to his team in the hospital and gave them clear instructions for arranging everything for the next round of treatment.
“I was scared and I once again asked the doctors whether my father will survive or not. But they reassured me that he will save my father. We encountered some traffic on the road but the medical team was trained in handling all aspects of the emergency and soon we reached the hospital,” said Sunil.
“I was surprised to see that even before we reached the hospital, the medical team had kept everything ready and the treatment began as soon as we arrived there,” he added.
Chakku Lal is now recuperating in the hospital and is out of danger. Doctors in the hospital believe that it was Sunil’s quick thinking, which helped them reach the spot on time and save the patient.
But Sunil believes that it was the team of dedicated doctors who performed a miracle that night.
“Since childhood we used to hear that doctors are next to God. That night I actually experienced it. The team who came with the ambulance that night was a saviour. Had he not been there I would have lost my father,” he said with folded hands, moist eyes and a smile of gratitude.