Kolkata, Oct 7, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS): If all goes well, emergency medical care in the city is all set to get a shot in the arm as three hospitals in Kolkata are about to get their own state-of-the-art dedicated Intensive Trauma Care Units (ITCUs).
M R Bangur, Nilratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital and the R G Kar Medical College and Hospital are where these units each with 5 to 10 beds will be set up and will cater exclusively to road accident victims for now.
Funded by the state government, the ITCUs will have specially trained dedicated medical teams and will upgrade trauma care facilities of the city significantly, said R Hom Chaudhuri of the Rotary Club of Calcutta Sun City, that’s backing the projects.
“Trauma care in the city is still at quite a nascent stage when compared to global standards and this project is very important in advancing it,” he said.
The club, which is “acting like a catalyst” for the project has bigger dreams. Initially the team had set out to set up full-fledged trauma centres at two of the city hospitals complete with helipads and et al.
But the centres, costing around Rs 16-18 crores each, seemed to be taking too much time. So without waiting for a few years to get these facilities up and running, the people behind them started working on these smaller ITCUs.
“The centres are coming up, the work is on track, but these units will definitely prove very useful for now. The unit in Bangur should be ready by end of this year and the others will complete soon after that,” said Chaudhuri.
He said that these units are part of the ‘phase II’ of joint attempt by the state government, Kolkata Police and the club to better the city’s emergency medical facilities.
“As part of ‘phase I’, we launched 12 ambulances in March this year.These mobile intensive trauma care units, stationed across various parts of the city, can respond within minutes of an accident when informed,” Chaudhuri informed.
Fitted with Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation systems, these avant-garde ambulances, are available at a specially set up toll free number 1090 and can provide the much needed care to the victims sooner than a hospital.
“So far this year, we have treated around 275 victims across the city. But the awareness among people about the service is still lacking,” he said.