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On Holi, AIIMS busy with stab injuries

delhi Updated: Mar 03, 2010 00:51 IST
Rhythma Kaul

As many as 90 per cent of the total number of cases that arrived at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Trauma Centre during Holi were stab victims.

There was a 30 per cent rise in medical cases on the day of the festival compared with last year’s figures.

The hospital authorities said 286 cases were reported on Monday, 66 more than last year.

“Surprisingly, there’s been a jump in the number of cases, and most are related to stab wounds,” said Dr MC Misra, chief, Aiims Trauma Centre.

“The remaining 10 per cent were either related to road traffic accidents due to drink driving or minor injuries resulting from scuffles.”

Drunk but driving

Most victims were in an inebriated state, and out of the 286, 200 were put through the breath analyser test to detect the level of alcohol in their body.

“We are awaiting results, but by the looks of it all of them had consumed alcohol beyond the permissible limits,” Dr Misra said.

Two out of the 286 victims have died — one was brought dead and the other died minutes after arrival.

Sixteen of them are critical, 76 are serious and the remaining 194 victims required first aid. Six victims are admitted to the neurological ward, four to the orthopedic ward and seven to the general surgery section of the hospital.

The huge number of victims resulted in the Trauma Centre recalling doctors from main Aiims who were on leave.

“The rush was immense and we had to call some of the doctors who were on leave. But we managed pretty well,” said Dr Sanjeev Bohoi, head of emergency medicine, Aiims trauma centre.

The hospital also tested its call centre facility that is to be started specifically during the Commonwealth Games.

"Instead of the head calling every single doctor, nurse or any of the staff member in person, we have started this call centre facility wherein designated people will do all the calling required and mobilise staff wherever needed,” said Dr Bohoi.