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India's emergency medical care system in tatters

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Rajendra Jain, 57, is pulled out of an auto rickshaw by his broken leg, on to a stretcher at a hospital in New Delhi, India on Aug. 22, 2012. Trauma patients in India are often mishandled by those who mean to help them, because there are only a few thousand trained paramedics for a population of 1.2 billion. Photos made available to NBC News on Sept. 5, 2012.

The Associated Press reports — Trauma care barely exists across much of India, where 160,000 people die in road accidents every year. Some of those people would surely survive if the system were better.

Ambulances have no medical equipment, and very few doctors are trained in emergency care, said Piyush Tewari, whose nonprofit helps trauma victims get medical attention within the first 60 minutes after an emergency, when medical intervention has the best chance of saving a victim's life. A 2006 report in the Indian Journal of Surgery found that more than 80 percent of Indians don't get care within that "golden hour." Read the full story.

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Mahfooz Hasan, 33, sleeps in the waiting room at a trauma center in New Delhi on Aug. 22, 2012, with his urine bag on the floor. Hasan had traveled hundreds of miles to squat in the city hospital, because he did not have access to emergency care in his hometown.

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