Doctors should consider every disease as a life threatening emergency.  And therefore, they have to stay alert while treating the patients, said Dr G.Bakthavathsalam, Chairman, KG Hospital.

He was delivering a speech at the workshop on “Management of life threatening emergencies”  organized by KG Hospital and Post Graduate Medical Institute in Coimbatore on October 8, 2017.

Dr Bakthavathsalam termed the workshop as a “Practice building exercise” for the doctors practicing in small towns and rural areas.  He cited three instances in which the patients became unexpectedly bad during or immediately after the treatment procedure got over.

In one case, soon after undergoing the root canal treatment done with “Awake anaesthesia,” a 63-year-old Manickam of Chennai suffered a heart attack and died.

In another case, an eye patient died in another hospital after local anaesthesia was administered for cataract operation.  In yet another case, a 14-year-old girl went home after four days’ treatment for dengue, but later she developed complications, such as endocarditis and pericarditis, that claimed her life.

Dr Bakthavathsalam said, “Doctors and other medical staff should not convert any simple case into a complicated one.  A doctor is a hazard as his ignorance will kill patients.”

“Therefore, it has become inevitable for doctors, nurses, and supporting staff, including stretcher-bearers and ambulance drivers, to know the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) technique, a Basic Life Support System that would help revive the patients at critical moments,” he said.

On the occasion, Dr Bakthavathsalam demonstrated the CPR technique with the help of a mannequin. He further said, ““Soon after administering such a first-aid, the patient must be rushed to a hospital like KG Hospital which is fully equipped with vital facilities like CT Scan, a full-fledged diagnostic department, operation theatres, blood bank and ambulance, besides having specialists.”

He underscored the point that “the response time for any critical case in KG Hospital is 10 seconds for nurses and less than 2 minutes for doctors.  Every patient admitted in our hospital is a VVIP patient and accordingly treatment is given.”

Dr Bakthavathsalam told doctors to stay alert, keep a happy mindset, communicate well with patients and prepare documentation of their treatment. “More than the string of degrees obtained by doctors, it is their attitude, aptitude, affability and accountability that determine their success or otherwise,” he added.

KG Hospital doctors as well as the doctors practicing in and around Coimbatore and nursing staff attended the programme in large numbers.

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