July 18 2019 in Times of India
CHENNAI: As part of its attempt to bring down fatalities due to road accidents, the state government is planning to set up multidisciplinary critical care units in government hospitals across the state, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said in the assembly on Wednesday.
The state would also upgrade infrastructure in Government Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine in KK Nagar, Chennai, at a cost of Rs 40 crore, he said. Rehabilitation care will be offered at the upgraded centre to ensure people discharged after trauma lead a normal life.
Trauma care routine starts with 108 ambulances bringing trauma patients to government hospitals. A special nurse under the Tamil Nadu Accident and Emergency Care Initiative receives the patient with a team of doctors, including an orthopedician, a neurologist, besides postgraduate students and resident doctors. Doctors quickly assess patients at the triage rooms and categorise them into red (life-threatening injuries), orange (injuries) or green (doesn’t need emergency care). Most ‘green’ patients are discharged after minor treatment, ‘orange’ patients get specialised care and beds in the unit are open for the sickest patients given the red tag. “But once the patients are stabilised, they don’t need to be in the emergency room. There will be further intensive monitoring by experts,” said a senior official.