Emphasising the importance of critical care in saving lives of the critically ill, a first state level critical care conference was held in the city on Friday.
Titled ‘Gujarat Criticon 2013’, the conference was organised by the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM). Meanwhile, 108 emergency service a first-point-of-contact for several critically ill patients will train 1,500 members of the ISCCM as part of the initiative.
Speaking about the first-of-its-kind conference on critical care in Ahmedabad, Dr Raj Rawal said the biggest challenge was to spread awareness about the need for the same.
“Usually when a patient is ill particularly critically ill it is best that he consults a critical care specialist. But often it happens that people first go to a physician, who may or may not recommend him to a critical care specialist,” said Rawal.
He said it was imperative that patients ask their physicians to recommend them a critical care specialist when their condition is critical. Another aspect that we are working on is to let people know about the presence of such specialists. “Gujarat is one of the few states that have relatively better facilities in critical care. The state has around 100 critical care specialists with 40 in the city alone,” said Dr Rawal.
A 108 official said in Gujarat, the emergency service is often the first point of contact to offer professional critical care. “Our experience in this field has been vast. Five of our doctors will be training close to 1,500 members in the same,” said the official.
The conference was attended by all critical care specialists of Gujarat and consultants of allied branches of medicine, medical officers, fellows and PG students. During the three days, there will also be a workshop on nursing critical care. International and national faculties will also be present to share their experience and expertise along with integrated professionals representing their respective fields.
The conference was attended by all critical care specialists of Gujarat and consultants of allied branches of medicine, medical officers, fellows and PG students.