Medical emergencies are increasing at an exponential rate every day. Every Indian hospital encounters an increasing number of acute cases in the form of-
- Paediatric emergencies
Narayana Health is well-equipped with the most advanced technologies and equipment. The staff, nurses and physicians work round the clock to deal with all levels of medical emergencies. The hospital is equipped with highly advanced emergency room, highly experienced doctors, paramedics and staff nurse who are versatile in dealing with all sorts of medical emergencies.
Narayana Health provides the highest quality and technologically advanced emergency medical care-
We run state-of-the-art ambulances, which has an inbuilt ICU service with a transport ventilator, multipara monitoring, emergency drugs, oxygen facility, and necessary equipment. It is being managed by ACLS providers / trained paramedics.
The triage is an area where the patients are segregated based on the severity of the emergency and thereafter directed to appropriate areas of care. A triage is staffed by a resident in the emergency medicine along with a paramedic and a staff nurse who are trained adequately.
Emergency / ICU services
At Narayana Health, we have state-of-art ER, managed by MD (Emergency Medicine) physicians who are capable of managing all kinds of emergencies. Also, we have the Secretary for Society for Emergency Medicine, India who happens to be the convener of academic programs across the country.
The highly advanced Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is well-equipped and is managed by 24/7 intensivists trained in ICU with DM / Fellowship degrees in critical care management who are capable to manage critically ill patients.
The services and equipment include - a well-equipped ER/ICU with ventilators, defibrillators, resuscitation cots, ABG facility, emergency kits, haemodialysis, ECMO, MARS. The academic programs include DNB, Fellowship in Critical Care and Masters in Emergency Medicine (MEM).
Emergency care does not begin and end in the emergency room, as emergencies may arise anywhere. Hence the need for coverage from pre-hospital care till the patient’s transfer to definitive care is the ICU. The 24/ 7 critical care area is managed by consultants who have completed DM / Fellowship in Critical Care.
Narayana Health is one of the best Emergency care hospitals as it has in-house residents in all the departments - Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Medicine, Pulmonology, Nephrology, Urology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Oncology, Vascular Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics, ENT, Head and Neck Surgery, Maxillofacial Surgery, Gastroenterology - Medical and Surgical covered by consultants who stay in the vicinity of the hospitals.
Our emergency room comprises separate resuscitation bays, which are prioritized, and each emergency room has a decontamination room - for managing poison cases. We also have an isolation room - to limit the spread of contagious diseases, an emergency ward and emergency OT’s. The emergency is managed by specialists in emergency medicine (who have completed MD in emergency) along with trained residents in emergency with a back up by critical care physicians which include all services.
Emergency Medicine FAQs
An emergency medical condition is a sudden and unexpected onset of a health condition that needs to be promptly treated or managed. In the absence of timely treatment, the condition could worsen and lead to debilitated bodily functions, serious and lasting damage to organs and other body parts, or even death.
During an emergency, it isn’t practically possible to diagnose the condition before admitting the patient for treatment. However, if doctors presume that the patient is experiencing a condition that is secured by PMBs or prescribed minimum benefits, the medical scheme has to approve the treatment. The schemes may also require that the diagnosis is confirmed along with evidence that supports it within a certain period of time.
Emergency medicine doctors or EMDs treat patients who need immediate medical care. They are professionals specializing in trauma care, advanced cardiac life support, and management of other life-threatening conditions. They work in emergency rooms or trauma centres and often have to make quick decisions and lead a team of other medical professionals during intense and stressful emergencies.
EMDs have to deal with the following situations almost on a daily basis:
· They handle virtually any crisis that comes their way. They are well-trained to operate all the tools needed to start the treatment of every acute medical condition and injury.
· They see a wide range of patients, including babies, elderly patients, pregnant patients and critically ill ones. So, they are at a position where they have to consistently make accurate decisions that save lives.
Intensive care units or ICUs are specialist hospital wards that offer treatment to patients who require critical medical care and monitoring. They are staffed with specially trained healthcare professionals to provide life support and critical care to acutely ill and injured patients. ICUs are also known as intensive therapy units (ITUs) or critical care units (CCUs).
Individuals may need intensive care in the following scenarios.
· they are having surgery as a part of the recovery process or an emergency measure and need intensive care to recover
· have problems with one or more organs
· they are unable to breathe on their own
· had a serious accident resulting in a severe head injury, a fall or severe burns
· suffering from a serious infection like sepsis or severe pneumonia
· having a heart attack or stroke
A team of ICU staff closely look after patients in an ICU. Generally, one nurse takes care of every one or two patients. They are connected to many pieces of equipment by several tubes, wires and cables to monitor their health and support their bodily functions until they recover. Some of the equipment that may be used are:
- a ventilator to help with breathing
- monitoring equipment to measure blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen level in the blood
- feeding tubes, if the patient is unable to eat normally
- IV lines and pumps to provide fluids, nutrition and medication
- drains and catheters to eliminate any build-up of fluid or blood from the body