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Peerless opens trauma centre

A private hospital that was ransacked four years ago for allegedly turning away victims of a road accident has come up with a trauma care centre in its emergency ward.

Peerless Hospital and BK Roy Research Centre off the Bypass had two examination tables and an equal number of beds in its emergency department in April 2010 when five critically injured persons were brought to the hospital. The persons had fallen off a mini-truck on the Bypass and needed immediate emergency care.

Cut to June 2014. The hospital has 18 beds, senior doctors specialising in general surgery, orthopaedics, neurosurgery and vascular surgery and round-the-clock critical care experts at the emergency department, officials said.

“Fast multi-modal approach is needed for treating trauma patients. Our focus is co-ordination between doctors of different specialities and pathological laboratory services so that surgical interventions, if needed, can happen quickly,” said Sunil Kanti Roy, the Peerless hospital chairman who formally inaugurated the trauma care centre on Wednesday.

Apart from increasing the number of beds in the emergency department, 10 of them have been fitted with monitors to check vital parameters of patients. There are ventilators, an operating theatre and an isolation room to protect patients from infection.

“The infrastructure revamp has made a big difference because we have started a three-year postgraduate programme in emergency medicine in collaboration with the Ronald Regan Institute of Emergency Medicine, George Washington University, US,” said Indraneel Dasgupta, clinical director of the emergency department.