Medica Group of Hospitals Lays the Foundation for a Healthy Future during COVID-19

News Desk, News Nation 360 : Medica Group of Hospitals, the largest private hospital chain in Eastern India, hosted its first COVID-19 virtual discourse, highlighting, the subject - Adopt the new normal - Let's work together and build a safe and healthy future. Dr Alok Roy, Chairman of Medica Group of Hospitals and Chair -FICCI Health Services Committee enlightened viewers on how private hospitals should prepare to treat both COVID as well as non-COVID patients. Sharing their experiences, the COVID Warriors, doctors, who have been front liners, were other panellists, Dr Tanmay Banerjee, who spoke about ‘Defining COVID, Challenges and Outcome’, Dr Amitabha Saha, made a ‘Clinical presentation on Triaging and Imaging’, Dr Aviral Roy, highlighted the

‘Management and Myths surrounding COVID-19’ on behalf of the Medica Kolkata Critical Care team and Dr Prashanta Behera, Head of Critical Care medicine from Tata Steel Medica Hospital at Kalinganagar, Odisha, shared his experience of handling positive patients successfully. Dr Aviral Roy, Consultant, Critical Care, Medica Superspecialty Hospital, shared few of the salient features of the COVID -19 virus, conveyed that corona Breaking the Myths on COVID -19 Virus is the successor of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) which evolved in 2003 from China. This virus spreads primarily via respiratory droplets over 1.8m (6 feet). In the early stage, as the virus is of high compliance, they are using FiO2 (Inspired Oxygen Fraction) over PEEP (Positive end-expiratory pressure) during mechanical

ventilation for better treatment. In Medica they are providing ARDS Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome) dose steroids and Hemofiltration system for providing better immunity to the COVID patients. The hour-long session took the viewers through clinically oriented topics ranging from defining the disease to the technicalities of managing COVID positive patients. On this virtual session, Dr Alok Roy shared Medica’s overall journey in dealing with the current pandemic crisis. He stated that they are treating COVID patients in six of the hospitals. Over 630 COVID positive patients have passed through their three hospitals in Kolkata, Kalinganagar and Gopalpur. They would sincerely like to offer their gratitude to the West Bengal Government for allowing Medica to test and treat COVID 19. Speaking on the infrastructural & operational changes Dr Roy commented that while Medica Group of Hospitals is treating COVID positive patients they are also curing non-COVID, critical patients, equally. On average their occupancy goes up to 47 beds for COVID patients. They are also offering a tele-referral system to reduce consultant entry into COVID wards and teleconsultation service to reduce the volume of physical OPDs. The clinical session was followed by a segment on the experience of Tata Steel Medica Hospital, Kalinganagar in Odisha. The virtual session was ended by Dr Alok Roy who shared important foresight not to underestimate the disease. Medica has been successful in transforming major infrastructural changes that made to keep the hospital safe for both COVID and non-COVID patients. No frontline warriors have been affected by COVID 19 at Medica.   Additional sinks for handwashing, a fever clinic and thermal scanning facilities were set up as early as February. COVID beds were created and increased to meet the demand, with entire wards being put under negative pressure. Dr Roy acknowledged the COVID Warriors who worked tirelessly to stay abreast with the everchanging norms, making the hospital safe for all kinds of patients. He concluded the session by delivering the message that being prepared is the only way to survive this crisis. This is the new way of life and together, we will strive to make the world safe again.

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Report : Anustup Kundu

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