A batch of 35 nursing students from the Maldives National University came to KG Hospital on September 18, 2017 (Monday) to gain first-hand knowledge about the functioning of the multi-specialty hospital, its state-of-the-art facilities and the quality healthcare service given to patients.

KG Hospital Chairman Dr G.Bakthavathsalam gave them a brief account on how KG Hospital had grown from a 10-bedded hospital with just two doctors, including himself, and a nurse to a 400-bedded hospital with 135 doctors and 500 nurses.

Dr Bakthavathsalam further said that he was the first NRI (Non Resident Indian) to return to India, giving up his lucrative medical practice in Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, the US. He started KG Hospital in Coimbatore 43 years ago which he prefers to call as “Kingdom of God.”

Basic Life Support System

The Chairman demonstrated two important first aid measures such as the Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR-the Basic Life Support system) and Heimlich Manoeuvre to the Maldivian student nurses.

The CPR technique should be applied soon after a patient suffers heart attack and falls unconscious on the floor. Dr Bakthavathsalam prefers to call the technique as “CPBR” –Cardio Pulmonary Brain Resuscitation.

Dr Bakthavathsalam said, “If the brain does not get oxygen supply through blood, it will stop functioning within 4 minutes. Therefore, those 4 minutes are crucial for giving the first aid (CPBR) to the patient and soon after his recovery he must be referred to hospital.”

The heart will stop functioning owing to various reasons: road accident, stab injury, hypovolemic shock, septic shock, stroke, burns, electrocution, drowning, asphyxia due to suffocation, strangling, hanging, foreign body choking the throat and so on.

Through two assistants, Dr Bakthavathsalam demonstrated how to evict the foreign body that got stuck in the throat through the Heimlich Manoeuvre.

Loading Dose

Heart attack could happen to anybody at any time and at any place, and therefore, they should guard against such sudden attack by keeping ready the “Loading dose,” comprising three medicines namely Disprin 325 mg – 1 tablet, Atorvastatin 80 mg – 1 tablet and Clopitab 150 mg – 2 tablets, always in their pockets as a first aid measure.

Stressing the importance of undergoing Master Health Checkup, Dr Bakthavathsalam said, “There are certain occult diseases that would not show up outwardly, but would strike at the unguarded moment, creating a life-threatening situation. Through Master Health Checkup, the vital parameters of the body could be ascertained and the physical condition of a person could be diagnosed to ward off the possibility of onset of any disease.”

Purpose of life

The Chairman also said, “Of the over 500 professions in the world, the healthcare profession is the best one because only healthcare professionals could save life. The doctor who sees the patient first decides his ultimate fate,” he said.

He noted that everybody had a purpose in life and cited the instance of Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa and former President Dr A.P.J.Abdul Kalam who all realized the purpose of their life and made history. Similarly, the Maldivian students should also have a clear perspective about the purpose of life.

Dr Bakthavathsalam told the Maldivian student nurses that they should do their duty in a committed manner and not in a half-hearted manner and emerge as exemplary nurses.

The nursing students were highly impressed by the healthcare delivery system put in place by Dr Bakthavathsalam in KG Hospital and felt that this educative trip would certainly hone their nursing skills.

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