AIIMS to train Assam doctors in emergency medical services

December 1st, 2009 - 7:12 pm ICT by IANS  

ISRO New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) With an aim to improve emergency medical services in the northeast, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Tuesday announced it will hold a workshop at the Assam Medical College to train doctors and nurses.
The workshop will be organised by AIIMS Trauma Centre Friday.

M.C. Misra, chief of the Jaiprakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre, as the AIIMS Trauma Centre is called, said the workshop in Assam was planned after a request was made by the principal of the medical college.

“This is a welcome step considering the paramount importance of emergency medical care in the northeast. Major disasters have become a regular feature in that part of the country,” Misra said.

Sanjeev Bhoi, one of the designers of the workshop, said: “There is a severe scarcity of trained personnel in the country to deal with emergency medical situations. Everyone, including doctors, nurses and paramedics, will therefore be trained in the workshop.”

“In due course of time, we will extend our services to other parts of the country too,” he added.

Talking about special focus on telemedicine in the workshop, Deepak Aggarwal, who is in-charge of the telemedicine department of the trauma centre, said: “Telemedicine, which can virtually bring the best of the physicians of the country on a single platform, also is a part of the workshop. The participants will be trained in the basic techniques of telemedicine”.

Telemedicine is a rapidly developing application of transfer of medical information through the phone or the internet and sometimes other networks for the purpose of consulting, and sometimes remote medical procedures or examinations.

“At the moment telemedicine is practiced through the existing educational satellite of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). However, we are now in talks with them to link various medical colleges of the country through a different satellite,” he added.

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