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Medica Group to launch eICU in August

From August, critically ill patients in and around Jamshedpur can get top-notch intensive care.

For, Calcutta-based Medica Group will start an electronic intensive care unit (eICU) service at Kantilal Gandhi Memorial Hospital (KGMH) in Bistupur, making it arguably the first such facility in eastern India.

Medica Group chairman Alok Roy made this announcement during the launch of the upgraded KGMH on Friday.

Tata Steel managing director T.V. Narendran inaugurated the revamped hospital, the maintenance and operations of which has been taken over by the Calcutta-based group.

Elaborating on eICU, Roy said the cutting-edge medical technology would ensure that patients admitted to KGMH were monitored and evaluated on real-time basis by specialists from Medica Superspecialty Hospital in Calcutta.

“The eICU team will include a certified intensive care physician, experienced critical care registered nurses and an administrative associate. Advanced equipment from GE Healthcare will allow the patients to be seen via a wall-mounted camera and monitored from a computer screen receiving information at our Calcutta centre,” said Roy, an eminent cardiologist himself.

Consultations with the nurses, doctors and even patients could take place with the two-way audio connection.

“There will be direct phone lines as well in the units so that bedside care providers can communicate instantly with eICU physician and nurses who will continuously monitor the sick and can quickly alert the bedside staff of any subtle change in the patient’s status,” Roy further said.

Medica Group will give special rebates to persons aged above 60 through its Senior Citizen Club, which also will start in August, the cardiologist added.

“Elderly persons can become members of this club for free. When they need our services, they will be treated at our OPDs at half the normal rate. This apart, ambulance service to bring them to the hospital and take back home after treatment will be free,” the group chairman said.

Medica Group has invested over Rs 30 crore in upgrading the KGMH.

The 150-bed KGMH boasts a fully-equipped lab, six state-of-the-art operating theatres, a 27-bed critical care unit with specialised services in laparoscopic surgery, joint replacement, phaco surgery, neurosurgery and urosurgery.

The hospital will also offer quality services in medicine, surgery, cardiology, gynaecology and obstetrics, eye, ENT and orthopaedics.

“We will start neurosurgery within a fortnight and come up with a cath lab for interventional cardiac treatment within six months. Dialysis and high-end orthopaedic, phacoemulsification and GI surgeries will start in March,” said N.K. Das, a senior cardiologist and medical director of KGMH.

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