Chandigarh/ Panchkula/ 28th Jan 20, 2018: In order to create awareness on Critical illnesses and ICU care in Tricity, the Critical Care team at Paras Hospital Panchkula organized a press conference and shared the various facts and myths regarding the Critical Care & Ventilation.
70000 ICU beds available in India to cater over 05 million Patients in India – Dr. Sumit Jain
Speaking on this occasion, Dr. Ashish Arora, Consultant Critical Care, at Paras Hospital said that Paras Hospital Panchkula has treated over 500 plus Critically ill patients and saved their lives. Dr. Ashsih also said that “India has seven doctors for every 10,000 people, half the global average, according to the World Health Organization. Data from the Indian Medical Association shows the country needs more than 50,000 critical care specialists, but has just 8,350.
Infections, Respiratory Distress, Pneumonia, COPD, Sepsis are main indications fr ICU admissions. – Dr Rajesh Gera.
Speaking on this occasion Dr. Sumit Jain, Sr Consultant at Paras Hospital Panchkula Said “Almost all big hospitals be it private or public has intensive care unit (ICUs). If you look closely these 10-20 beds which are separate sections at any hospital are always full.
In India, five million patients require ICU care but only 70,000 ICU beds are available,” says Dr. Sumit. Outlining the need for more ICU beds as he points out that changing demographics that yield a higher proportion of geriatric individuals in the overall population will further increase the burden on supply-side infrastructure.
Sharing his experience Dr. Rajesh Gera, Senior Consultant Internal Medicine at Paras Hospital Panchkula said “While India which has showcased an envious growth in the life sciences industry has very few critical care specialists around the country. India has around 10 hospital beds per 10,000 people while the global average is 30 beds per 10,000 people. Additionally, while there is expected to be one ICU bed per 10 hospital beds, Indian numbers do not stack up to being even close to the norm.
Sharing his view Dr. Harsimran Walia, Associate consultant, Critical Care said that “another area that needs to be worked upon to ensure ICUs are used effectively in all hospitals is the improvement in step down care facilities. Home health care or E-ICU might work well for patients who require nursing or physio care, however, this may not be desirable for patients recovering from critical illnesses since it will be too early for them to move into a non-monitored environment. Transition care will be the perfect fit for such patients to ensure a holistic approach to recovery from post ICU status.” The number of ICU beds available in our country is disproportionately low, both in private as well as public hospitals.
There appears a strong need to increase the ICU beds to at least 10% of total beds in all hospitals; and even up to 15-20% in some leading public as well as private tertiary care centers.
Scope of critical care medicine
Managing critically ill patients having septic shock, severe pneumonia, ARDS, respiratory failure, renal failure, liver failure poisoning, stroke, trauma, etc.
Essential component of a standard critical care unit
High flow nasal cannula
In ICU dialysis
Round the clock consultant intensivist.