|Emergency and trauma care centre at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. (below) Hospital’s nodal officer for the centre BN Mohapatra and high court advocate PR Das review its infrastructure. Pictures by Badrika Nath Das
Cuttack, Jan. 8: The trauma care centre at SCB Medical College and Hospital has been made partly operational from Saturday. The multi-specialty facility will be crucial in saving a lot of lives as accident victims can be provided with immediate treatment under one roof in the trauma care centre.
The centre was inaugurated by hospitalís superintendent D.N. Moharana last evening.
At present, the unit has come up with six ICU beds, 28 recovery beds and one operation theatre. An SCB official, however, said there was a proposal to increase the ICUís capacity to 15 beds and establish another operation theatre and other ancillary utilities in the five-storey unified complex in the near future.
ďA full-fledged trauma care centre has been made functional. The unit will be helpful in saving the lives of accident victims,Ē said Moharana.
Moharana said six doctors, including one each from neurosurgery, orthopaedics and surgery departments of the hospital, have been deployed at the centre. Besides, 16 staff nurses have been appointed to take care of the patients at the trauma care centre. Though there was an additional requirement of doctors and senior residents, the appointments would be made after prior approval of the state government, Moharana added.
At present, an accident victim has to undergo primary treatment at the casualty department. Later, depending on injuries, the victims are shifted to orthopaedic or neurosurgery departments for further treatment.
But, from now, accident victims will be able to get prompt treatment at the trauma care centre without any delay.
The trauma care centre is being established with a financial assistance of Rs 11 crore, including equipment, from the central government. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik had inaugurated the trauma care centreís building in February last year. But, the project failed to take off then because of lack of manpower and infrastructure.
Keeping in view the delay, Orissa High Court appointed an advocatesí committee comprising amicus curiae P.R. Das, advocate Tarananand Patnaik and P.K. Pradhan, which had directed the SCB authorities to complete the process of making the unit operational by the end of December 2011.