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Anaesthesiology & Critical Care Unit

Overview

Anaesthesiologists as perioperative physicians play an important role in alleviating pain and ensuring safety during surgical intervention, which is the most challenging situation for any patient. This involves risk assessment and optimisation of patients' clinical condition before the surgery and maintenance of vital function during surgery. Specialized support is also extended in the postoperative period to patients, having impaired vital functions, in critical care areas. Such support is also offered to most challenging medical and surgical patients suffering from critical illness in the Critical Care Unit.

Labour analgesia, chronic pain and palliative care also come under the domain of the anaesthesiologist.

Facilities

Role of an Anaesthesiologist in Modern Medicine:

Inside the Operation Theatre:

Contrary to the notion that anaesthesiologists only put patients to sleep by administering medications and bring them back to consciousness, the anaesthesiologists actually help in decision making about the feasibility of operations depending upon the pre-existing physical or functional problems of the patient and nature of the operation. An anaesthesiologist optimises the vital function before operation, maintains it during operation and supports it as per need after the operation is over. The Anaesthesiologist offers these services due to his expertise not only in anaesthesia but also in critical care, pain management and palliative care. Broad based knowledge of different speciality apart from anaesthesia, medicine and pain management is necessary in order to contribute effectively in over-all management of patients. The anaesthesiologist's role therefore is not only vital inside the operation theatre but outside the theatre as well.

Outside the Operation Theatre

Critical and Intensive Care
Critical care is emerging as a super speciality for managing patients who are very seriously ill but not terminally ill and are in need of sophisticated life support system to salvage them from near death situations. Contribution of the anaesthesiologist is immense at global level in developing critical care to its present form. Anaesthesiologists not only play a crucial role in the management of patient who are fighting for their life, but also offer administrative role in managing the unit.

Pain
Remaining free of pain is the right for any individual. Doctors have been relieving pain with a variety of medications and treatments since ages. This aspect of medical care is now developed enough to be identified as a separate sub-speciality. Anaesthesiologists also specialize in treating acute and chronic pain. They are focused on in-depth study and management of all types of pain related to acute and chronic diseases, post-operation pain and even in managing labour pain.

Trauma
In the management of trauma, the anaesthesiologist plays a key role in the successful resuscitation of the injured patient due to their advanced training in airway management, resuscitation from shock, invasive monitoring and transport of serious patients.

Palliative Care
A small but clinically significant proportion of patients suffers from non-curable diseases and become terminally ill. During the course of such diseases, they experience severe physical and/or psychological stress and pain, which is usually refractory to the common medicines. Anaesthesiologists are uniquely qualified to contribute to the comprehensive care of such patients due to their knowledge and skill in eliminating pain with medicines and different type of invasive and non-invasive procedures.

Resuscitation
The anaesthesiologist is often the best prepared to deal with an emergency situation. Accordingly and because of their expertise in airway management they are considered an important part of the cardiac arrest team in most major hospitals. Because of the unique background, the Department of Anaesthesia also plays an effective role in teaching and providing training in both Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support techniques.

Our Services:

We believe in providing safe, prompt and efficient services to the patients round-the-clock with empathy and care. Our anaesthesia and critical care services coupled with pain management, palliative care and labour analgesia is being delivered by a team of dedicated, competent and compassionate clinicians with decades of experience.

  • Routine Anaesthesia Service:
    • In Main Operation theatre
    • Gynaecological Operation Theatre
    • Burn Care Unit (BCU) Tuesdays
    • Emergency operation support: 24/7 in MOT and GOT.
  • Critical Care: 24/7 in Critical Care Unit.
  • Trauma care:
    • In emergency department as per need
    • In MOT and CCU: all days 24hrs.
  • Pain Management: In Pain clinic: Mondays & Fridays. (OPD 123)
  • Interventional Pain Procedures in MOT
  • Pre-anaesthesia Clinic: Monday to Saturday (OPD 126-127)
  • Palliative Care Clinic: Tuesdays & Fridays (OPD Room No. 123)
  • Referral PAC for Indoor Patients: Within 24 hours of receiving the request.
  • Labour Analgesia: 24 X 7 on Request.

Academic

  • FNB Training in Critical Care since 2013 (2 seats)
  • DNB Training in Anaesthesiology since 1999 (2 primary & 2 secondary seats/ year)
  • IDCCM in Critical Care from ISCCM since 2004 (2 seats per year)
  • IFCCM (1 year course: 1 seat)
  • MBBS Certificate Course in Critical Care
  • Critical Care Nursing Course

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