100K First Response Initiative launched

January 25
15:39 2017

Hyderabad is the first city in India, takes initiative to develop a pool of volunteers of First Responders to make the city an Emergency Friendly City

In India every year 7.2 Lakh Cardiac Arrests occur. Only 1% of the victims survive. With Citizen Involvement the survival rates can be improved up to 40%. CallAmbulance, an Emergency Response Mobile App is building a network of 100K First Responders in city to help save lives in medical emergency even before ambulance arrives

100k First Response Initiative will train 100K citizens and create a volunteer network of First Responders. To participate in the First Responder training, send a WhatsApp message mentioning ‘’ for FR” to +91-810-617-3902.

Hyderabad, January 24 2017…… With advancements in technology, CallAmbulance, an Emergency Response Mobile App, is bringing ‘100K First Response’ app to build a network of 100K First Responders in city to help save lives in medical emergency before ambulance arrives.

100K First Response Initiative was launched here in city today in a press conference held at Hotel NKMs Grand.

Hyderabad is the first city in India, takes initiative to develop a pool of volunteers of First Responders to make the city an Emergency Friendly City

CallAmbulance is proud to share that over 60 private hospitals and EMRI joined the movement to train citizens as First Responders. For e.g. in partnership with Continental Hospitals and Omni Hospitals, CallAmbulance team has trained more than 100 UBER Drivers till date.

Addressing the press conference here in city today, Umashankar Adi Kotturu, CO and Co-Founder and Jagadish Vishwanadtham, COO and Co-Founder of CallAmbulance informed that in India every year 7.2 Lakh Cardiac Arrests occur. Only 1% of the victims survive. This is because immediate care is not provided to the victim. As per studies the chances of survival decrease with delay in care gradually by an average of 3% to 4 % per minute. The main causes of delay include delay in recognizing the emergency, delay in raising alarm for emergency help, late arrival of Ambulance but importantly lack of Citizen Involvement in stabilizing the victim. With Citizen Involvement the survival rates can be improved up to 40%.

Developed countries like Israel, over the years, have trained thousands of citizens and created a volunteer network of First Responders. They were able to save a lot of lives by responding to emergency victims in less than 5 mins. The training starts from High School level in quite a few developed countries, Uma informed.

Similar to Israel, over a period of time, we can also achieve similar response times by creating a big network of Citizen First Responders. This will help making our communities safer and responsive, Uma added.

By the end of March 2017, we will reach the mark of 100K First Responders team. Our goal is to see that there is trained first responder in every family and 3 to 5 per cent of employees in every company Jagadish added.

Once we are successful here, we will expand to other cities in India. We will even expand beyond India, informed Jagadish.

How does it work?
When an emergency victim raises alarm using CallAmbulance App it will share the exact location of the victim with these First Responders along with Ambulance Manager/108, Ambulance Driver and Doctor-on-duty, family. Only the First Responders who are in the 1KM distance will be notified. Any of the First responders can choose to respond and will come on their own vehicles and provide stabilization to the patient till the Ambulance arrives.

Who can sign up and what is provided in the Training?
Any able bodied and socially motivated citizen between the age group 18-55 years irrespective of gender/education can sign up for this training. We invite Ambulance drivers to undergo this training and help victims in a better way. Car/Bus/Auto Drivers, Corporate Employees, Security Guards, College Students, people living in Residential Communities should undergo this training as they witness common emergencies.

Citizens without any prior medical knowledge will be trained to identify common emergencies, perform simple stabilization techniques to save the victim till Ambulance arrives. The session includes both theory and hands-on training. The duration of training will be around 3-4 hours. After undergoing the training, the citizen is allowed to join the 100K First Response Network.

To participate in the First Responder training, send a WhatsApp message mentioning ‘’ for FR” to +91-810-617-3902. We will call you back and schedule a group training at a time and place of your convenience. Going forward, the schedule will be posted on our website www.calllambulance.in
At TedxHyderabadSalon, NGOs SAHE, Rotary Miyapur and EMRI led by Viiveck Verma, Dr. Vipin Antony Das and Dr. Ramana Rao extended great support to promote this concept among citizens of India. We welcome other NGOs in healthcare & road safety to join hands with us in taking this concept to fellow citizens.

We solicit everyone to join us on this mission to train over 1Lakh Citizens in Basic Life Saving Skills starting with Hyderabad. First Responders will be able to stabilize and save victims of Common Emergencies before the ambulance arrives. Common emergencies include Cardiac Arrest, Brain Stroke, pregnancy delivery, pediatric care, road trauma etc. informed Uma.

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