Government seeks to strengthen emergency care services | Latest India News

As the Covid-19 pandemic highlights the importance of having a robust critical healthcare system, the central government is focusing on strengthening emergency care services in its hospitals across the country to save lives. .

“Not just the infrastructure, the goal is also to create adequately trained human resources so that all kinds of emergency cases are treated in a standardized way in our hospitals,” said a government official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “At the moment intensive care is a weak point, especially in tier 2-3 cities, but we know it is an essential service, as we have seen in the time of Covid how intensivists were in high demand because of the care that was needed for patients admitted to intensive care (intensive care unit)”.

An intensivist is a physician who provides special care to critically ill patients.

The Ministry of Health recently launched national emergency resuscitation courses for doctors, nurses and paramedics, specifically keeping the demand for intensive care in mind.

In addition to the training modules, the program also includes the development of a training infrastructure in all States and Union Territories to implement the courses under the program, and the creation of a cadre of trainers to train doctors, nurses and paramedics working in emergency departments of public hospitals and ambulance services. .

“The fact that anesthesiologists have many roles and responsibilities, apart from anesthesia, is less known to the general public. Very few are aware that anesthesia is a highly specialized and advanced field and that intensive training of at least six years after graduation from medicine is required to independently administer anesthesia to a healthy patient,” said Dr. Babita Gupta, a professor in the Department of Anesthesia at JPN Apex. Trauma Center, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

“A patient with multiple illnesses requiring surgery can be an easy operation from a surgical perspective, but very difficult for anesthesiologists, as they are responsible for managing perioperative medical issues as well as managing intraoperative and postoperative complications, which sometimes also include surgical complications. said Dr. Gupta. “Therefore, anesthesiologists are also called perioperative physicians.”

Anaesthesiologists have been working extensively as intensive care doctors during the Covid-19 pandemic, not only in India but globally.

A good knowledge of respiratory and cardiovascular physiology, expert skills in invasive procedures and experience in managing ventilators make them resuscitators by default, according to Dr. Gupta.

To recognize their efforts and celebrate the discovery of anesthesia which helped patients feel free from physical pain during surgeries, October 16 is observed annually as World Anesthesia Day.

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