Critical care specialists discuss latest medical services (Lead)

February 17th, 2009 - 6:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Agra, Feb 17 (IANS) More than 2,000 critical care specialists began a five-day conference here Tuesday, aiming to provide effective services to patients harnessing the latest in medical technology.
Specialists from the sub-continent, Europe and America began discussing the latest technological advances and ways to optimise intensive care unit (ICU) resources.

“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,” a member of the organising committee of Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine 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 Agra-based neurosurgeon Vijay Singhal.

B.K. Singh, another participant and an ICU specialist, said with use of efficient technology and available trained manpower resources, critical care speciality can help save up to 50 percent lives.

“India needs to develop a broadbased efficient and affordable 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.

Over 10 workshops will be held in the conference. These include workshops on basic paediatric intensive care, continuous renal replacement therapy, ultrasound in emergency and critical care, antibiotics stewardship and infection control.

“There has been a tremendous interest in these workshops as is clear from the rush of applications from doctors in different parts of the country,” said B.K. Singh.

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