New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) administration is mulling over starting an AIIMS trauma centre for non-Covid patients in a phased manner as the daily fresh Covid caseload has substantially decreased in the national capital. Declaring the centre dedicated for Covid-19 treatment in March 2020, the trauma facilities were shifted to the main AIIMS building.The Resident Doctors Association (RDA) had written several times to the AIIMS administration to start the trauma service as the Covid caseload has decreased now. In a recently held meeting with the RDA, it has been proposed to start the trauma centre for non-Covid patients in a phased manner.However, the AIIMS RDA has raised objections over the phased manner plan for the trauma centre. An RDA official told IANS that they are receiving as many traumatic patients as during pre-Covid times. They have provided us just two to three wards to start the service which is not enough to handle all patients, said the RDA officials. "In a recent general body meeting held by AIIMS administration, it was decided to allocate some general wards at Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre (JPNATC) to cater to trauma patients. Emergency, Operative and ICU are three pillars of trauma care. Unavailability of these will result in an increase in preventable deaths. AIIMS administration in a recent decision has, however, denied the availability of emergency, ICU and operative care services to trauma victims at JPNATC" the RDA official said.The RDA says that the issues regarding trauma care prevalent at Main AIIMS such as delays in emergency operative intervention, transfer out of moderate to severe injury patients, etc, will remain the same.The official said during pre-Covid times there were total 264 beds, including 38 ICU beds at the Jai Prakash Narayan Trauma Centre; post-Covid it has been decreased to 95 beds, including 18 ICU beds. "Several buildings at AIMMS are fully unoccupied during the pandemic times where Covid services can be started", said the RDA officials.The RDA official said the RDA has requested AIIMS administration to restore trauma facilities at JPNATC in total.---IANSavr/khz/bg
New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) The trajectory of daily Covid cases shows a declining trend in India but the threat of a spike in infection continues to loom, and with the festive season approaching, there is a need to be extra cautious, warn AIIMS Directors.In a collective appeal, Directors of All India Institute of Medical Sciences across the country asked people to continue following Covid appropriate behaviour to avoid any possible spike in the daily caseload.AIIMS, Delhi, Director, Dr Randeep Guleria said that the Covid pandemic is not over yet and we need to be more cautious. "Avoid stepping out of the house unless absolutely necessary. Whenever you step out of the house, wear a mask. Keep washing your hands with soap. After touching anything, definitely use sanitiser. Health is important now," he advised.AIIMS, Rae Bareli, Director, Dr Arvind Rajvanshi said that if all strictly follow Covid-compliant behaviour, then surely a new Covid wave can be prevented. "People will have to follow Covid compliant behavior, wear masks properly, keep cleaning or sanitising hands continuously, avoid going to crowded places, and follow social distance to prevent the third wave." The government is trying to make the vaccine accessible to all equally, he added.AIIMS, Bhopal, Director, Dr Sarman Singh, said that all should ensure that the treatment guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare are followed properly. "We need to connect influential people of the community in panchayats, gram sabhas, and villages to educate people about the severity of the disease, various preventive measures and the importance of vaccination. These local bodies should also lay emphasis on infrastructure development at the local level to reduce future calamities," she added.AIIMS, Patna, Director P.K. Singh said that following Covid-compliant behaviour will not only stop the chain of infection, but also help reduce the economic burden of the government on the entire population due to vaccination. "We can avoid next wave of Covid only if the vaccine is being administered on a large scale and even after getting the vaccine, the Covid-compliant behavior needs to be followed," he added.AIIMS, Raipur, Director, Dr Nitin Amnagarkar said that the second wave of Covid was very serious and had affected the state badly. Rural India was also not untouched, he noted. "In fact, there was not much difference between urban and rural areas in terms of infection. The infection spread from city to village, from small place to big town and from city to village in places where restrictions were not being strictly followed even after the lockdown was imposed," he said.He added that the people are now becoming aware of the infection, but they have to include Covid-appropriate behaviour in their regular routine. "If we want to control the epidemic, we have to follow Covid compliant behaviour... that is our social responsibility," he said.--IANSavr/vd
New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) The All India Institute of Medical Science may see its Officers Association going on strike by the end of this month to press for their demands, including cadre review "which has not been done for last 30 years".The Officers Association of AIIMS has submitted a memorandum to the AIIMS administration with their demands, saying cadre review has not been done since 1992 and the Health Ministry and AIIMS should seriously consider the matter.Officers Association of AIIMS President Ajeet Singh said that they have written many times to the Health Ministry in the past, but got no response. "Now the Health Minister has also changed, but our demands are still unanswered. We are requesting the AIIMS administration to undertake a cadre review which has not been done for last 30 years. Once the cadre is reviewed, the employees of Officers Association AIIMS can be promoted, but no consideration has been given so far," said.The association's other demands include the review of AIIMS's contribution in national pension scheme. Ajeet Singh claimed that other government offices contribute 14 per cent in the NPS, but AIIMS offers only 10 per cent.He also said that Delhi's AIIMS, Chandigarh AIIMS, and PGI Puducherry Hospital fall under the same category, but all are being given different pay scales. "A coordination committee was constituted in 2012 at Deputy Director level with Delhi AIIMS, Chandigarh AIIMS, and PGI Puducherry to solve such issues but all has gone in vain and nothing has been achieved," he said.If the AIIMS administration will not respond to our demands, we will go on strike by the end of this month, he warned.--IANSavr/vd
New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), Delhi, has become the first hospital in India to house a fire station inside the hospital premises, its Director Dr Randeep Guleria said on Sunday.Making the announcement at a function to mark the 75th Independence Day, he said that the AIIMS has joined hands with the Delhi Fire Service for the purpose.The fire station, meant for quick response in case of fire emergency, will have its infrastructure developed by the AIIMS, while the fire tender, equipment, and manpower will be managed by the DFS.Delhi Fire Services Director Atul Garg termed it a "proud moment". "Again a proud moment for DFS, DFS has joined hand with AIIMS to open a fire station inside the Hospital to meet any emergency. AIIMS become a First Hospital in the country to have fire stn in his campus, Infrastructure will be provided by the AIIMS& manpower etc will be managed by DFS", he said in a tweet.Having a total of 61 fire stations and 3,616 personnel, including 3,280 firefighters, the DFS attends to nearly 22,000 fire and rescue calls on an average in a year.--IANSavr/vd
Once the policy is formulated and got implemented throughout the nation, we must have a mechanism that could analyse the results and benefits at the grass root levels. It should work in a comprehensive manner simultaneously with implementation, she said.Talking about spending on healthcare, Dr. Kumar emphasized on the need to increase the healthcare share in the GDP. She said that it would augment the healthcare facilities at primary level and district levels where standards of care and treatment for all diseases would be available at affordable costs on doorsteps. It is time to strengthen public-private partnerships in the health sector, added Dr. Kumar.She also opined for a National Data Collection Mechanism who could analyse the data region-wise throughout the country before the formulation of health policy. "Development of primary health sector is a major concern for all of us which can lessen the burden from the secondary and tertiary sector of health," she said.Being asked on Covid pandemic, she said that the public needs to unite with the government's efforts to combat this pandemic. Third Covid wave depends on people's behaviour, if we follow the covid appropriate behaviour; we can prevent the pandemic, added Dr. Kumar.--IANS<br>avr/pgh
New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has jointly developed a telerobotic ultrasound system in collaboration with IIT Delhi and Addverb Technologies.The research collaboration between IIT Delhi and AIIMS allows remote ultrasound access through a robotic arm.The research team at AIIMS was led by Chandrashekhara, while Chetan Arora and Subir Kumar Saha led the IIT-D team. The lead contributor for the research was Suvayan Nandi from Addverb Technologies along with other researchers.This system allows performing ultrasound from remote locations through the robotic arm. In the routine ultrasound setting, the doctor (radiologist) stands in close contact with the patient for the entire scan duration. However, cross-sectional imaging is preferred in the current pandemic scenario with stringent social distancing requirements -- a more expensive and less dynamic technique. Ultrasonography is a non-invasive, non-ionizing, cost-effective, rapid, bedside, and readily available modality with immense use in point-of-care and follow-up examinations.Chandrashekhara said, "This system will promote healthcare and make our system more prepared for further pandemics. Besides its role in the pandemic, it will allow a better outreach of ultrasound imaging to remote and rural areas of India. The radiologist manipulates the ultrasound probe remotely from a remote location, acquires the ultrasonographs, and then transmits them to the monitors at the doctor's end through a WiFi network. "Sitting at a remote location, the doctor can now visualise all the images and assess the patient, similar to a clinical setting. The facility can also be extended for global outreach."--IANSavr/arm
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