Working at and with one of the finest emergency departments and professionals- I have learned one thing death is not always destiny sometimes delay precedes it.
We have been witnessing this delay but not learning from it- Sidharth Shukla, APJ Kalaam, and now KK (many more). Apart from celebrities, we do have many stories and incidents where we have lost our near and dear ones to similar causes.
He was 53 years, and while performing on stage he developed all the classic signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Just by checking his blood pressure, pulse or listening to his complaints any medical professionals or even a lay man would have asked him to rush to the hospital for ECG. But it was not done? Why?
Because of our public healthcare negligence?
Is public health being confine people of underprivileged communities. But life is important for all even people from the affluent class who is dying in cities without being treated.
As a Nurse I can not digest the death of a celebrity in a concert without a medical support team- why not emergency has not been included as an important area of even management? Is health or life less important than entertainment?
These are the questions with simple answers but yet a dream to implement.
I wish I will not hear any more such preventable death from either celebrities or role models or beloved citizens and start a campaign- if you are feeling uneasy get check your blood pressure, and pulse and at least get an ECG- you are important to us.
I know this statement will bring so much discussion, disagreement, and hatred. As a new whole venture would emerge as “ECG on Wheels” and unethically people will be advised and compelled (by making them) for ECG.
But for me one thing is important, not a single life should go due to delay-and emergency care is worth and need of the hour.