What to do when a stroke hits you
Nobody can predict when they might be attacked by a stroke. But here are a few pointers that will help you identify when someone gets a stroke.
What are the symptoms of stroke?
Sudden numbness or weak ness in the face, arm or leg Sudden confusion, during which the person may have trouble speaking or under standing what's being said Slurring of speech Problems with vision in one or both eyes (double vision, blurry vision or the feeling of a shade coming down over the eye) Dizziness, loss of coordina tion, trouble with balance and walking Sudden, severe headache.
Foundation to offer services for the elderly
A foundation to serve the needs of senior citizens was launched on Monday. The Dr. V.S. Natarajan Geriatric Foundation is aimed at restoring the dignity of the elderly by taking healthcare to their doorstep, organising scientific symposiums, providing financial assistance to those who need it and coordinating with various organisations serving the elderly for collective action.
Speaking on the sidelines of an event held to launch the foundation, V. S. Natarajan, a leading geriatrician, said that he was also planning to expand his geriatric house call programme. “We started this programme in 2008, and so far have served over 8,000 patients and have been instrumental in saving many lives,” he said. The programme has doctors on call for medical emergencies, a call centre, physiotherapy and nursing services at home.
Is ICU care costly?
Intensive care is an expensive healthcare service. ICU care is multi-disciplinary.
In addition to teams of specialist doctors and critical care nurses, other specialists such as clinical pharmacists, infection control teams, speech therapists, physiotherapists, dieticians, ECHO and EEG technicians, biomedical engineers, counselors and other support staff are part of the unit.
An ICU incurs high capital cost in terms of vital life saving equipment which have ongoing preventive maintenance costs. Additionally consumables and drugs add to cost pressures.
What does it take to be a nurse in an ICU?
Who is the backbone of the ICU?
Studies have shown that in the ICU there are 178 clinical activities per patient per day. Critical care nurses deliver a staggering 84 per cent of them. They are pivotal to the quality of care. In our unit, we have invested in training our nurses in collaboration with Greater Manchester Critical Care Network, UK. Last year we brought a team of seven critical care nurses and doctors from there to train our doctors and nurses in the recognition and management of critically ill patients. They identified leaders in nursing care and imparted extra training to become trainers themselves and this has become a sustainable professional development programme for our nurses.
What would be your advice to relatives of ICU patients?
There are three ways in which you can help relatives who have their dear ones in the ICU.
1. The relatives can bring some of the patients' personal belongings to help them recover, such as their favourite music. They can make them talk to a relative or friend. If they can't speak, you could read a newspaper or book to them. Sometimes patients can't speak, but they may be able to communicate by writing, or spelling out words by pointing out letters of the alphabet.
All you need to know about admission in ICU
What exactly is an ICU?
An ICU (Intensive Care Unit) is a dedicated area in a hospital which is used by highly trained doctors and nurses who specialise in caring for critically ill patients. ICUs are distinguished from normal hospital wards by a higher staff-to-patient ratio. For instance, one nurse takes care of one or more patients there.ICUs are equipped with advanced medical equipment that are generally not available in ordinary medical and surgical wards.
Human Chain for Organ Donation Awareness
Kauvery Hospital in Trichy organised a district level awareness human chain on Friday, November 25th to mark the Indian Organ Donors Day.
Organs Donated at Kauvery Hospital
The organs of a 69-year-old man, who was declared brain dead after suffering a heart attack, was harvested and donated to a city hospital on Sunday, making it the first multi-organ cadaveric harvesting and donation in the hospital.
T.S.P. Vasudevan, the donor, had suffered a heart attack in his home in Triplicane and was taken to a hospital where he was treated, and later shifted to Kauvery Hospital. “He was doing all right initially, but suffered bleeding in his brain and slipped into a coma,” said his daughter V. Vijayalakshmi.
At the time when doctors at the hospital warned the family that there was a chance of Mr. Vasudevan being declared brain dead, his wife Ramaa Vasudevan and both her children -Vijayalakshmi and Balaji - decided to donate his organs. However, they had to convince a few orthodox members of their extended family on the importance of organ donation.
On Sunday around 4 p.m., Mr. Vasudevan’s organs were harvested.
Aravindan Selvaraj, executive director of Kauvery Hospital, said the liver, both kidneys and eyes were harvested, and while one kidney was used for a transplant at the hospital, the other organs went to other city hospitals. “Many a time, we see that people from traditional and conservative families have reservations about organ donation. But here, the family consented readily. It is heartening to see people from all walks of life beginning to accept organ donation,” he said.
Who says hips don't heal for aged? She is an example.
Hip replacement surgeries are on the rise -including among patients in 90s and older. But doctors say nonagenarians in good health deserve faster pain relief and restored mobility as in the case of younger patients. When doctors at Kauvery Hospital saw 96-year-old Brinda Lakshmi being wheeled into the emergency room with a broken hip after a fall, they instantly recognised her.
The chirpy woman had walked out of the same hospital two years ago after surgeon replaced her left hip. This time, the fall left her right hip badly fractured. As the hip bone is not the kind that would heal on its own without the help of some plates and screws or rods, the doctors at the hospital knew that if they didn't treat her for the injury, she would never be able to walk again.
City docs sew man's hand in 8-hr surgery
Panneerselvam, a carpenter from Trichy, felt that the whole world has ended after his left hand was chopped off during a property dispute this June. However, the 43-year-old was in for luck, as his family rushed him to a local hospital within two hours of the incident.
Doctors at Kauvery Hospital reattached the severed hand after a complex surgery and the man is now on the path to recovery.
"The Hand Injury and Micro Surgical Unit at the hospital took charge of the case and kicked off the procedures to rejoin the chopped hand immediately. His tendons, bones, nerves and blood vessels were reattached. The best thing is that the hand is fully functional after the surgery that lasted for eight hours," said plastic surgeon Dr S Skandha, who led a team of expert doctors.