Tuesday, February 26, 2019

SAF medics help man, stabilise his spine in Mandai accident

Source Website: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/saf-medics-help-man-stabilise-his-spine-mandai-accident
By Samuel Devaraj, The New Paper, 25 February 2019 at 06:00 am


Six medical personnel aid man hit by minibus outside Mandai Hill Medical Centre.
PHOTO: Six medical personnel aid man hit by minibus outside Mandai Hill Medical Centre.
In an attempt to prevent further escalation of the injuries, the medics gave medical support by providing spine stabilisation, compression and dressings to the head and facial wounds.
The SAF medical personnel who responded swiftly to the incident. (Above, from left) Corporal Joseph Andrei Aczon Dacanay, Third Sergeant Ni Xu Gang Metta, Captain (Dr) Vikram Manian, Cpl B Aravind Krishna, Lance Corporal David Lee Wei Ming and Cpl Kinson Tan Kai Feng.
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Last Monday started like any other day for Medical Officer Captain (Dr) Vikram Manian, 26, and medic Third Sergeant Ni Xu Gang Metta, 20, at Mandai Hill Medical Centre.

But at about 8.50am, a senior commander told them he had seen an injured man outside the camp while driving in.

They grabbed medical supplies, including an automated external defibrillator (AED) and a spinal board, and rushed to help the victim.

Capt (Dr) Vikram and 3SG Metta were among six Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) medical personnel who rushed to aid the 46-year-old injured victim who had been hit by a minibus.



Capt (Dr) Vikram and 3SG Metta were among six Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) medical personnel who rushed to aid the 46-year-old injured victim who had been hit by a minibus.
PHOTO: Capt (Dr) Vikram and 3SG Metta were among six Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) medical personnel who rushed to aid the 46-year-old injured victim who had been hit by a minibus. The accident happened on 18 February 2019 .
The injured foreign worker was taken to hospital after being hit by minibus along Mandai Road. The male driver was arrested for driving a vehicle without the owner's consent. He also does not possess a valid driving licence, the police said.
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Last Thursday, Capt (Dr) Vikram and 3SG Metta recounted the incident to The New Paper in an interview.

3SG Metta, a golden bayonet awardee during his medic specialist course, said: "I was in the treatment room (before receiving the news), serving patients, doing ECG (electrocardiogram) and drawing blood."

Capt (Dr) Vikram said: "He (the senior commander) informed one of the medics, Corporal Aravind (Krishna) who subsequently informed me that there had been a road traffic accident just outside camp premises."

The medical officer and medics then grabbed medical equipment and rushed out.

Capt (Dr) Vikram said when they reached the scene, they noticed a man was injured and lying on the road with a head injury.



CPT (DR) Vikram Manian, Medical Officer, 1st Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment (1 SIR).
PHOTO: CPT (DR) Vikram Manian, Medical Officer, 1st Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment (1 SIR).
When asked to describe the situation, he said: “A few of us, who were on duty within the medical centre, immediately rushed out to the scene to provide medical support to the injured man after being informed about the incident. When we arrived at the scene, we saw the injured man lying motionless on the road just outside of our camp. As a Medical Officer, I did the initial assessment, and along with a few of my medics, we immediately provided spine stabilisation, compression and dressings to the head and facial wounds.
The main aim was to prevent further escalation of the injuries before handing the injured man over to the SCDF paramedics who arrived shortly. He was then taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital for further treatments.
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CPT (DR) Vikram added:As professional medical personnel, it is our duty to help out anyone who is injured or in need of medical attention. Safety is part of our core values, and we have to provide swift and proper treatment to others who need medical attention.
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The medical officer said his immediate concern was to ensure the victim was not in the path of danger.

He said: "Fortunately, nearby bystanders had already taken the initiative to block off the lane and redirect traffic."

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He said the injured man was conscious and they treated his injuries.

They stabilised his spine, and dressed his head wound.

Singapore Civil Defence Force paramedics arrived at the scene shortly after and rushed the victim to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.


3SG Metta emphasised that 'as a soldier and a trained medic, we were taught that we have to care beyond our military community.'
PHOTO: 3SG Metta emphasised thatas a soldier and a trained medic, we were taught that we have to care beyond our military community. We have to care for anyone in need in our civilian society as well.
Our Singapore Army would like to wish the injured man a speedy recovery and commend our servicemen for always being ready to step forward when the needs arise!
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This is not the first time SAF medical personnel have stepped forward to help civilians.

On July 6, 2018, medical vocational instructor Military Expert 1 Lam Guo Wei, 27, provided medical assistance to a male passenger who had fainted on board a Singapore Airlines flight to Japan.

And on April 25, 2018, a group of SAF medics and medic trainees on their way to an outfield exercise stopped along Mandai Avenue to help four students and a school van driver. Their vehicle had just crashed into a lamppost.

And on Feb 14, 2016, off-duty SAF medics at Yishun MRT station helped an elderly woman after she slipped and fell, suffering lacerations on her forehead.



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By Samuel Devaraj, The New Paper, 25 February 2019 at 06:00 am
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Reference
[1] Samuel Devaraj, The New Paper, SAF medics help man, stabilise his spine in Mandai accident, posted on 25 February 2019 at 06:00 am, https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/saf-medics-help-man-stabilise-his-spine-mandai-accident


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