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Acute Illness Management (AIM) Workshop

Kauvery Hospital and the Kauvery Academy organised Acute Illness Management (AIM) workshops for the first time in India from February 1st to 4th 2016.

The workshops featured 7 international faculty members. There were 2 types of workshops: A 3-day 'Train the trainer' workshop from 1-3 February as well as two 1-day AIM workshops on February 3 & 4.

The exclusive workshops were limited to 16 candidates each, who if deemed successful, will receive an International Certificate issued by the Greater Manchester Critical Care Network, UK.

Dr. Alan Stevens, Director of Institute and Critical Care Network, UK was a part of the international faculty and he took the opportunity to speak about assessment and management of acutely ill patients. He also spoke of the global reach of AIM training.

"One of the greatest challenges in clinical practice is the timely recognition of acutely ill patients and delays in recognition and initiation of appropriate therapy adversely affects patient outcomes. Acute Illness Management (AIM) training is an enormously successful UK based training programme that aims to provide systematic training for clinical staff in the assessment and management of acutely ill patients. AIM training is delivered in 94 NHS Hospitals in the UK and 2 UK Universities where pre-registered nurses, midwives and Physiotherapists are trained in AIM. AIM training is also delivered in hospitals in Canada and Africa."

Kauvery Hospital launches App for Critical Care Services

Kauvery Hospital announced the launch of a dedicated Critical Care App on Feb 3rd 2016. This app has been developed in Chennai as a collaborative effort with the Greater Manchester Critical Care Network, UK. The app will act as a quick reference guide for clinical staff providing a systematic and structured ABCDE approach for recognising and responding to acutely ill patients.

Dr.Aravindan Selvaraj, Executive Director, Kauvery Hospital shared his thoughts on this collaborative effort. "The goal of the collaboration between Greater Manchester Critical Care Network and Kauvery Hospital is to support excellence in clinical education as a means to provide high quality care for all healthcare organisations throughout the world. It has been an extension of Kauvery's philosophy to ensure health for all irrespective of geographical boundaries and to this end, the app will be free to download on iOS & Android platforms worldwide. In addition to clinical pathways the app will also provide an aid to promote good communication between health care professionals using the internationally approved SBAR technique."

One of the main aims of the programs as well as the App is to help reduce damage caused by Sepsis.

Sepsis is a common condition where an infection triggers an extreme immune response, resulting in widespread inflammation, organ failure and blood clotting. Severe sepsis and septic shock are major healthcare problems affecting millions of people around the world each year and a major cause of death in hospitals. Several studies have demonstrated that early recognition and timely provision of appropriate therapy can improve survival in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. The app supports doctors and nurses to quickly assess and identify patients with "sepsis screening tool" and act as an aide memoire to deliver life saving interventions in a timely manner explained Dr. N. Sridhar, Consultant in Critical Care, Kauvery Hospital.

Cutting-edge Chronic Total Occlusion Angioplasty procedure showcased at Kauvery Hospital

Feb, 13th 2016, Chennai: Kauvery Hospital, a flag bearer for cutting edge medical procedures has added Chronic Total Occlusion to its ever-growing repertoire of modern medical offerings.

Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) is a procedure pioneered by cardiologists in Japan to open up long standing totally-blocked arteries and inserting drugeluting stents in patients. This is done mainly in patients who carry high risk for bypass surgery due to coexisting serious medical conditions and in patients with repeat blockages after bypass surgery. It involves interventional methods like antegrade and retrograde stenting.

This highly complex procedure requires a lot of skill and was developed based on cultural beliefs but is finding widespread acceptance due to its effectiveness.

Dr. Dhamodharan, Senior Interventional Cardiologist, Kauvery Hospital explained why this procedure was developed. "In a number of cultures such as the Japanese culture, it is believed that the soul leaves the body once the heart is cut open. CTO was developed to help patients in distress without infringing upon their cultural beliefs. This treatment is a catheter based interventional procedure and bypass surgery can be avoided.

While inaugurating the IJCTO Tamil Nadu Chapter Dr. Surya Prakash Rao, Director, IJCTO (Indo-Japanese Chronic Total Occlusion) Club touched on the benefits of the procedure. With this method a Cardiologist can now perform this procedure even on a patient who has 100 per cent blockage and calcification in the heart artery. What's more, the patient can resume normal functioning within a matter of just two to three days.

On February 13th, Dr. Surya Prakash Rao, with a highly skilled and experienced cardiologists team of Kauvery Hospital performed CTO Angioplasty on six critically ill patients suffering from a 100% blocked heart condition using advanced techniques.

The complex, day long procedure was telecast live to a group of more than 100 Doctors from across the state.

Outreach Programme @ Jolarpettai

An outreach programme was organized in Jolarpettai by 'SHINE@Kauvery' - a save heart initiative for children. Shine provides partial financial assistance to children from underprivileged sections of the society, irrespective of their place of origin in the world.

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