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ORC: A life-saving ace for emergency situations

LUCKNOWITES ARE in for a hi-tech life saving card. It would carry the medical history of the card-bearer in case he was admitted to a hospital in an emergency. Orange Rescue Card (ORC)?as it would be called?will save the doctors about 100 minutes that are considered crucial for any emergency patient. If the patient was attended during this period he would have 80 per cent chances of survival.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2006 00:33 IST

LUCKNOWITES ARE in for a hi-tech life saving card. It would carry the medical history of the card-bearer in case he was admitted to a hospital in an emergency.

Orange Rescue Card (ORC)—as it would be called—will save the doctors about 100 minutes that are considered crucial for any emergency patient. If the patient was attended during this period he would have 80 per cent chances of survival.

The card would contain, besides information on his medical history, even the contact numbers of his doctors.

ORC is supported with the bearer’s latest ECG report, prominently, and even currency worth Rs 100 needed to make an STD call and to shift the patient. The ‘jacket’ would also have a couple of tablets that could be administered at the crucial time.

“The chip provided in the jacket will enable to give as many 36 points of vital information about the bearer,” said Dr (Col) N K Bhatia, whose brainchild the card is. Aryan Institute of Preventive Rehabilitation Cardiology, whose headquarters are in Chandigarh, designed the ORC. Dr Bhatia wishes to introduce the card in the city within the next couple of weeks.

The doctor who was in the city on a personal visit, said most of the emergency deaths take place due to valuable time lost in getting the case history and it is at this crucial moment that the utility of the card would be known.

Dr Bhatia explained the name of the card saying that orange symbolised ‘rescue’ across the world. IN an exclusive interview to HT Lucknow Live, Dr Bhatia said, “Thousands die during emergency because there is no knowledge of the patient’s medical history, address, ailments, allergies, etc,” adding that often family members of an accident victim or emergency patient remain unaware even of his whereabouts for days and months.

“Details mentioned in the card will connect him within a couple of minutes to relatives and doctors,” he added. Other details in the ‘jacket’ would be his will, the quantum of his debt, links to his assets, driving license number, passport number, insurance number etc.

Said, Dr Bhatia, who will shortly get a toll-free number to enable telephonic assistance regarding the cards, “Efforts are on to interface the card with mobile phones through the Geo Stationary Satellite Location, which would automatically be connected to a control room,” he said. The control room in turn would inform the four vital services- fire brigade, highway patrolling, traffic police, and ambulance.

Currently, the card is available in nine states and is in big demand in Dubai. “Citizens 75 years and above would get the card free,” said Dr Bhatia, adding that the cost of the ORC is Rs 500, with no renewal charges. It was in demand among youngsters who wanted to gift it to their parents and other elders, he concluded.

First Published: Jan 23, 2006 00:33 IST