A 244-bed state-of-the-art trauma care center (TCC) will come up at the state-run SKKM Hospital. The center, housed in an 11-storey building on the hospital premises, will be the largest one in the eastern region. IPGMER director Dr Manimoy Banerjee said, “The building is ready. Procurement of equipment is on progress. If everything goes well, we should be able to open the center by early part of 2019.” The Rs 250-crore project will provide facilities such as immediate resuscitation, emergency life-saving surgery, close monitoring, investigation, rehabilitation post-surgery/treatment. According to TITCO (Towards Improving Trauma Care Outcomes), a research consortium, the mortality rate in trauma patients in as high as 21 percent in India against 6 percent in the West. The percentage is even higher in West Bengal, which is 27.6 percent. This figure at AIIMS, New Delhi, is just about 10 percent.
“Studies suggest 53 percent of road traffic accident victims reach the hospital, while 6 percent die on the spot and 11 percent die on the way to hospital. It may not be possible to save all of the victims who reach the hospital. But treatment at a structured TCC can bring down the mortality rate drastically,” said Dr Makhan Lal Saha, principal investigator with TITCO and professor of surgery at SSKM Hospital. “The ground floor will have the triage area where assessment will be done for prioritizing the patient’s treatment. We shall also have a nine-bed disaster preparedness zone that will cater to patients injured in disasters,” Dr Rajat Chowdhury, ITU in-charge at SSKM Hospital and a resource person for the TCC, said. On Tuesday a team from AIIMS, New Delhi, had a brainstorming session with the SSKM team on the functioning of the TCC. – TOI