Over 2,000 critical care specialists meet in Agra

February 17th, 2009 - 12:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Agra, Feb 17 (IANS) Aiming to provide effective and affordable hospital services to the common man, more than 2,000 critical care specialists Tuesday began a five-day conference in Agra.

The specialists from the sub-continent, Europe and America began discussing the latest technological advances and ways to optimise ICU resources at hotel Jaypee Palace here. They will cover 70 subjects and exchange useful insights and information to eventually help patients.

“This is definitely the biggest conclave of specialists in this segment and has the right focus for discussion - how to make facilities affordable for the common man. It’s for the specialists to discuss how costs can be cut on avoidable diagnostic tests, antibiotics and other crucial medical interventions, using experience as a guide,” an organiser Subhash Gupta told IANS.

A new technological device NAVA (neurally adjusted ventilatory assist) will be of particular interest at the conference.

“At present, the mechanical ventilators do not interact with the patient with acute respiratory failure and have no idea of the needs of the patient. NAVA has sensors which use computer assisted analysis of electrical activity to adjust ventilatory assist both within a given breath and between breaths,” said Dr. Vijay Singhal, a participant.

Dr. B.K. Singh, another participant, said with use of efficient technology and available trained manpower resources, critical care speciality can help save upto 50 percent lives.

“India needs to develop a broadbased efficient and afforable emergency medical service. Our expertise in this segment is at par with the best in the world, but governmental support will help develop it further and allow people to take advantage of it,” he said.

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