Heart brought to Kozhikode; Surgery in progress, why the air ambulance was not used: Health Minister with reply

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newsteamz_Heart brought to Kozhikode; Surgery in progress, why the air ambulance was not used: Health Minister with reply
  • It takes about 4 to 6 hours (cold ischemia time) for the heart to be transplanted in this way.

  • According to the health minister, air ambulances are usually used only in cases where the journey takes more than 4 hours.

  • If you are traveling by air, you can only go from Ernakulam Rajagiri Hospital to Nedumbassery Airport and then from Karipur Airport to Kozhikode Metro International Hospital.

Nevis, a native of Kottayam, was rushed to Kozhikode by ambulance from Ernakulam Rajagiri Hospital at 7.15 am and underwent surgery, Health Minister Veena George said.

At the same time, there was strong criticism as to why the air ambulance was not used to transport the heart from Ernakulam to Kozhikode even though Kerala had hired a helicopter for emergency purposes.

Veena George has come up with the answer to this. It takes about 4 to 6 hours (cold ischemia time) for the heart to be transplanted in this way. According to the health minister, air ambulances are usually used only in cases where the journey takes more than 4 hours.

If you are traveling by air, you can only go from Ernakulam Rajagiri Hospital to Nedumbassery Airport and then from Karipur Airport to Kozhikode Metro International Hospital. Veena George pointed out that there is a possibility of wasting some time at the airports.

It was estimated that the journey from Ernakulam to Kozhikode by ambulance would take about three hours. After informing the government about this, the health minister said that the government had prepared the green channel arrangement accordingly.

The ambulance reached Kozhikode in 3 hours and 5 minutes. Veena George thanked the Kerala Police, other officials, ambulance staff, media, and social media friends for their help in getting the ambulance on time.

At the same time, the minister explained that the aircraft was in use and why the helicopter was not used to avoid roadblocks.

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The heart of Nevis (25), a native of Kottayam, who died at the Rajagiri Hospital in Ernakulam, was rushed to the Kozhikode Metro International Hospital at 7.15 pm. The surgery is in progress.

Many questions why the air ambulance was not used. It is enough to reach the heart within 4 to 6 hours (cold ischemia time). Air ambulances are usually used only when the journey takes more than 4 hours. If you are traveling by air, you can only go from Ernakulam Rajagiri Hospital to Nedumbassery Airport and then from Karipur Airport to Kozhikode Metro International Hospital. It is possible to waste some time at airports. It was estimated that the journey from Ernakulam to Kozhikode by ambulance would take about 3 hours. After informing the government about this, the government had prepared the green channel arrangement accordingly. Accordingly, arrangements for surgery were made at the hospital.

The ambulance left Ernakulam at 4.10 am and reached Kozhikode at 7.15 am. It took 3 hours and 5 minutes. The Health Department would like to thank the Kerala Police, other officials, ambulance staff, media, and social media friends for their timely arrival of the ambulance.

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