Critical four minutes
One of the most common causes of a road accident death is due to loss of oxygen supply. This is mostly caused by a blocked airway. Normally it takes less than four minutes for a blocked airway to cause death.
The first hour after the trauma is called the ‘golden hour’. If proper first aid is given, road accident victims have a greater chance of survival and a reduction in the severity of their injuries.
No Police Officer or Hospital Authority shall put you in to trouble of asking or retain you in the hospital or interrogate on anything about the accident... If they ask any questions, which you feel uncomfortable just inform Citizen Force!
With Delhi gang rape case highlighting the perception that people shy away from rushing accident victims to hospital fearing legal hassles, police have come forward to assure residents that they will not face any harassment after helping people in distress.
Delhi Police came out with advertisement titled "whenever seconds count, questions don't", saying that doctors need not wait for police to reach for providing medical aid and the person who brings a victim to a hospital can leave immediately without revealing identity.
"Saving accident victims is now really easy as it is free of interrogation and complicated procedures. You can bring a victim to a hospital and leave immediately with or without revealing your identity.
"Medical aid to the victim will begin instantly and need not wait for police questions. The priority is victim...now save a life readily. It is free of harassment," the advertisement read.
A senior police official said there are cleardirections from Supreme Court that doctors in a government or private hospitals must promptly attend to victims without waiting for the police to arrive.