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AIIMS Trauma Unit Opens on August 1

Union minister of state for health Ashwini Kumar Choubey will inaugurate the much-awaited trauma and emergency wing at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)-Patna on August 1. Choubey will also inaugurate 250 beds in the hospital’s indoor department. Altogether, eight modular operation theatres will be inaugurated in the trauma and emergency block of AIIMS-Patna. Apart from Choubey, health minister Mangal Pandey, Union minister of state for rural development Ram Kripal Yadav and JDU national general secretary Shyam Rajak will be among the dignitaries who will grace the occasion. The trauma and emergency wing of AIIMS-Patna is a long-awaited facility, as in its absence it is not possible to admit any trauma or emergency case such as accident victims. Earlier, lack of space and absence of a blood bank was cited as a reason for delay in starting the trauma and emergency wing.

It is worth mentioning here that during a recent visit to the premiere health hub, Union health secretary Preeti Sudan had pulled up HLL Lifecare Ltd (the company doing up AIIMS-Patna’s interiors, electrification and more) for not completing work related to trauma and emergency wing. Sudan had given clear-cut instructions to HLL officials that the trauma and emergency wing work should be completed by first week of August and also said that a Union ministry representative would visit the premiere health hub to check development work. Sources from AIIMS-Patna, however, pointed out that even after inauguration of the much-awaited trauma and emergency wing, it would not be fully able to cater to the needs of trauma and emergency patients in the state. Reason: Of the four designated trauma operation theatres, only one would be dedicated for handling trauma cases, while the others would be used for routine procedures. “Of the eight modular OTs that would be inaugurated by Ashwini Choubey, four are designated for handling trauma cases but right now we are getting only one OT dedicated for trauma cases and this is going to be difficult for us because due to this we would be able to take up only those trauma cases, which would be extremely critical while we would have to refuse trauma cases of lower degree,” said a senior administrative official of AIIMS-Patna on the condition of anonymity.

AIIMS-Patna director Prabhat Kumar Singh also confirmed that only exclusive cases would be taken up in the trauma and emergency wing. “We are not going to admit simple cases of trauma fracture in the trauma wing. Only those cases which require intervention of AIIMS-Patna doctors will be admitted at the hospital,” Singh said. AIIMS-Patna sources said that apart from eight modular OTs that would be inaugurated by Choubey on August 1, 20 more modular OTs are almost ready and expected to be inaugurated next month. “Now, we have three modular OTs and two non-modular OTs. With the increase in number of OTs, we would be able to take up more cases over here,” said a doctor, adding that on Monday, 30 post-operative beds were made functional in the B Block of the hospital. “Right now there are 17 post-operative beds but that are lying scattered in the different areas. The 30 post-operative beds have come up at one place. It would be much easier for doctors to look after post-operative cases now,” he said. – Telegraph India