Straight from the Heart: I am proud of being a “Doctor with a Stethoscope”

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During my MBBS at MGIMS, Wardha, I was exposed to Vedantic medicine. Later, I also began to write and speak on Vedantic medicine, the science behind vedas. Because, most of my talks include a vedic prescription, I started wearing a stethoscope so that I was not mistaken to be a non-allopathic doctor.

I have now been wearing the stethoscope around my neck over the last several years. And, people have often asked me the reason for doing so.

I can recall having saved at least 20 unknown lives, just because I was wearing a stethoscope. There are ‘n’ number of instances, where I have done CPR outside the sanctuary of hospitals. I have also handled first aid during air travel dozens of time.

I would like to share with you some stories of my experience of wearing the stethoscope.

This Monday, I was traveling from Trivandrum to Delhi via Kochi. At Kochi airport, while the aircraft was on the runway and taking off, a lady passenger became breathless. She had a history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and had taken heparin one hour before. I checked her oxygen saturation (I always carry a home pulse oximeter with me), which was normal. She was unfit medically to undertake the 3-hour journey and needed medical assistance. The crew saw that I was wearing a stethoscope and they approached me for help. She was off loaded from the flight at the airport under medical care.

In March this year, I was in Cyprus to attend the Bioethics 12th World Conference. A car ahead of us had met with an accident. One of the lady passengers was trapped in that car. We stopped and approached the car to offer medical help. We were allowed to intervene only because I was wearing a stethoscope.

Once, while we were traveling to Dubai, my wife, suddenly developed air hunger. She almost collapsed but managed to say “Call my doctor, he is the one wearing a stethoscope”. The crew could immediately recognize me.

Titles of distinction and honor like Diwan, Raja, Maharaja, Rai Bahadur, etc. were abolished under Article 18 of the Constitution of India as being against the principle of equal status of all. However, we are still allowed the privilege to write ‘Dr’ before our names. But, simply adding the prefix ‘Dr’ before your name does not confer status. Being a doctor means being available 24×7 and ready to help in all emergencies. Use the new emblem when writing a prescription or sport a stethoscope always.

There is a Good Samaritan law to protect those who voluntarily come forward to help victims of accidents. It applies to us doctors also. In April 2016, the Govt. notified guidelines regarding protection and examination of “good Samaritans” i.e. bystanders and passers-by who render help to the victims of road accidents.

I love being a doctor. It is extremely satisfying and rewarding. All the hard work and long hours put in are worth the effort.

Wearing a stethoscope reminds me of my medical dharma, which is to treat and save the life of a person at any cost. This is why we chose to become doctors. We know medicine to be a noble profession.

Sporting a stethoscope has now become my signature style. People now identify me as “a Doctor with Stethoscope”.
I always wear a stethoscope, will you consider it?

Do CPR and also give IV amiodarone in cardiac arrest

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Anti-arrhythmic injections when given by paramedics to patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest who had failed electrical shock treatment, improves likelihood of patients surviving transport to the hospital. The study is published online in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The trial shows that amiodarone and lidocaine offer hope for bringing patients back to life and into the hospital after cardiac arrest. There was a significant improvement in survival to hospital discharge with either drug when the cardiac arrest was bystander-witnessed.
A bystander-witnessed cardiac arrest is one that is witnessed by another person.
Sudden cardiac arrest is a condition in which the heart suddenly or unexpectedly stops beating, cutting off blood flow to the brain and other vital organs.

Heart Care Foundation president trains over 11,000 people in CPR

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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 08, 2013

First Published: 00:26 IST(8/4/2013) | Last Updated: 00:27 IST(8/4/2013)

By training more than 11,000 people in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a single day, Dr KK Aggarwal, president, Heart Care Foundation of India, created a world record on Sunday.

In all, 11,459 people were trained that mostly comprised school children. The earlier record was of training 5,000 persons.

The event was organised at the Dr Sampoornanand Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Yamuna Vihar, on the occasion of World Health Day.

“CPR 10 is based on the mantra – “Within 10 minutes of death (earlier the better) for the next at least 10 minutes (longer the better), compress the centre of the chest of the victim with a speed of 10×10=100 per minute,” said Dr Aggarwal, who has trained 35,000 people so far.

More than 24 lakh people die in our country every year with sudden deaths and 18 lakh of them die before reaching the hospital. Around 12 lakh people can be saved if CPR 10 can be taught to even 1 per cent of the society.

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