Trauma care in city gets an upgrade

Over four months after a fault in the oxygen supply system at Delhi government’s Sushruta Trauma Centre (STC) led to the deaths of four ICU patients,long-drawn plans to augment trauma care in the city are finally taking shape in Lok Nayak (LN) Hospital in Central Delhi.

Written by Pritha Chatterjee | New Delhi | Published: April 27, 2013 1:51:37 am

Over four months after a fault in the oxygen supply system at Delhi government’s Sushruta Trauma Centre (STC) led to the deaths of four ICU patients,long-drawn plans to augment trauma care in the city are finally taking shape in Lok Nayak (LN) Hospital in Central Delhi.

The new orthopaedic block of the LN Hospital,which according to government sources has been “under utilised”,is finally set to operate as a 50-bed specialised trauma care centre.

“We started the process of setting up this centre immediately after the STC mishap. Now,four companies have been shortlisted to set up the infrastructure for the facility,”a senior Health department official said.

The LN Hospital’s new orthopaedic block, according to officials,was not operating “to its full capacity”,in the out-patient and in-patient departments. “It was modernised during an upgradation of several departments in the hospital,but there is so much more that we can do with it. A trauma centre in the heart of the city,attached to a general hospital will serve the needs of orthopaedic,neurological and general trauma patients,” an official said.

The centre will also house an ICU with at least 10 beds and dedicated investigation facilities like MRI,CT scan and X-rays,and a trauma operation theatre,besides 50 general beds. The total cost of the project is estimated at around Rs 25-30 crore.

PES,which was operating the gas supply system at STC till December,was blacklisted soon after. Now,while technicians from another private company are operating the centre,the primary source of oxygen supply continues to be in gas form.

“While a liquid oxygen tank as the primary source has better capacity,it was not practical to convert the system entirely. However,now,we make sure that at least 10-11 gaseous oxygen cylinders are operating at a time,instead of the earlier norm of one,” an official said.

Meanwhile government officials confirmed that a process for replacing the oxygen supply systems installed by PES in several other government hospitals including,Guru Teg Bahadur,LN and Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar hospitals,has been initiated.

The company has also installed the medical gas supply system in the central government’s AIIMS Trauma Centre and the Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital in AIIMS.

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