The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) has joined hands with Indian trauma specialists to frame traumatic brain injury (TBI) guidelines to help accident victims.
A group of neurosurgeons developed the India-specific TBI guidelines with support from organizations like Neurological Society of India, Neurotrauma Society of India, Association of Surgeons of India (ASI) among others, besides AAPI.
TBI guidelines aim to bring together multiple stakeholders such as government, policy makers, road safety authorities, police, ambulance services, primary care centers and the general public.
The guidelines call for fully-equipped ambulances to actively integrate with properly accredited trauma centers, relevant equipment and trained staff associated with neurorehabilitation centres.
Framed for the first time since 1944, when British era guidelines were implemented, the guidelines are expected to improve patient care by creating a framework for health professionals to effectively identify, prevent, and treat TBI.
The guidelines have now been notified by the union health ministry and have been circulated to all the trauma centres and hospitals in the country for its implementation.