The unit will have as many as 56 intensive care units

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar that started its academic session from this year is now set to establish Trauma Care and Emergency Medicine Department – which could well become the largest trauma care facility in the country.

The centre is most likely to be operationalised from the first quarter of the next year, Vikash Bhatia, dean of AIIMS, told The Hindu here on Tuesday.

As per sources, upon completion the trauma care unit would have as many as 56 intensive care units. SCB Medical College Hospital, Cuttack – the largest hospital of the State – has less number of ICUs even after putting together ICUs of all departments. The facility would also be bigger in size than that of AIIMS, New Delhi.

AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, is likely to start with 20 general ward beds. The facility will function from a two-storeyed building being built in the main complex at Sijua in Bhubaneswar.

“We have not worked out the number of beds to be provided for general wards of the trauma care unit,” Dr. Bhatia said.

He said the department would be headed by one professor and 11 assistant professors drawn from different disciplines.

Prabir Chandra Mohanty, associate professor in surgery department of Vardhaman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, may head the proposed trauma care unit. Two faculties in neurosurgery and anesthesia departments have already joined.

The proposed trauma care facility if goes on to function as per plans would pave the way for opening postgraduate courses in emergency medicine and trauma surgery – which would be rare of its kind in the country. In India, super specialty in this disciplines are hardly found.

Odisha is one of the high accident prone States of the country. An estimated 1.6 deaths per 1000 vehicles occur in the State against the national average of 1.2. In 2010, as many as 4105 persons died in 9413 road accidents reported from different parts of the State.

Trauma victims, if availed medical attention within the first 60 minutes of accident, have better chance of survival. However, due to unavailability of proper trauma care units in the State, accidents often become fatal.

Another crisis that looms large over the State is increasing rate of industrial accidents. Between 2007 and 2011, 400 labourers succumbed to injuries after being met with accidents on industrial premises. The rate of accidents in coming days is apprehended to rise as the State is already in a fast industrialization process.

  • The facility will be bigger in size than that of AIIMS, New Delhi

  • It will pave the way for opening PG courses in emergency medicine and trauma surgery