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Bed comfort for AIIMS patients

Patients at AIIMS-Patna would have a comfortable stay as the health hub authorities have bought height-adjustable beds for its indoor services.

Known as fowler beds, the sophisticated cots have several features controlled by switches. Ninety such beds have been bought by the hospital administration from ArjoHuntleigh. The indoor services are likely to be started by next month.

AIIMS-Patna director Dr G.K. Singh said the electronically controlled beds are not available even at AIIMS-Delhi. Each bed costs around Rs 45,000. According to sources, the beds are not present in any government or private hospital in the state.

“Our objective is to bring the most sophisticated healthcare to the last man in the queue. We are introducing the latest equipment in AIIMS-Patna to achieve this goal. The fowler beds have strong and precise steel tubular framework with epoxy powder coated finish. These beds have options for different adjustments for patients’ comfort. The backrest and knee-rest position can be manoeuvred with separate screws. The beds have collapsible safety side-railings. There is also a hand control unit, lockable back and foot side motors among other features,” said the director.

Singh added: “Initially, the indoor service would start with 200 beds. In the first phase, 90 beds have arrived and the rest would be procured later. We can start operations but we are waiting for a nod from the Union health ministry for a formal inauguration.”

The director further said: “The formal inauguration of the indoor services is likely to be done either by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or President Pranab Mukherjee.”

Sources in the hospital said the lack of floor space and delay in construction remains a major problem. “Construction work has come to a standstill. No effort is being made to end the stalemate between the hospital authorities and the firm assigned the job. Even the 100-bed in-patient department (IPD) service would be inaugurated in the Ayush building in February. Both the out-patient department and the IPD buildings are far from being complete,” said a source.

On the patient-friendly initiatives AIIMS-Patna would take once indoor services start, Singh said: “We have decided to keep electronic health records of patients. The records would contain the past health data of the patient. By analysing past health records, the doctors would be able to provide him/her better treatment. We have also decided to use wireless bar code medication charting, which helps to check the medication related errors. For example, this technology would help keep a tab on whether a patient is being given the right medicine in proper doses or not.”