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Emergency Medicine

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+91-422-2570170-5100 emd@psgimsr.ac.in

Emergency Medicine is a field offering immediate diagnosis and management of patients in critical and traumatic conditions The department of emergency medicine, then headed by Dr S.Sundarakumar was started in 2003. More than 12 services including pre-hospital care, medical and trauma emergency room, emergency transit intensive care, emergency operation theatre and round the clock skilled care are offered by the department. It is equipped with all modern facilities. It is now headed by Dr V. Ramamoorthy, who took over as HOD from his predecessor Dr A. Sivakumar.

The Emergency Medicine Department is fully equipped to handle medical emergencies, paediatric emergencies, burns and toxicology. The Department has six cubicles for trauma care, six bedded observation room with centralized oxygen facility and one emergency operation theater, two fully equipped ambulances, and four life support ambulances. The Department follows international guidelines and follows the codes (yellow & blue) and has a well documented, derail disaster management plan to manage any crisis as part of the institution’s disaster management plan.

The team has a team which works round the clock comprised of a physician, surgeon, orthopaedician, neurosurgeon, and paediatrician. A well trained nursing team trained in the basics of emergency care like triage, ABC principles, ACLS and ATLS protocol for trauma care is available round the clock in a 1:2 nurse to patient ratio. The department has developed a triage system which means injured or sick patients are classified according to their medical condition. The system basically identifies patients who need priority attention.

Multiple or mass casualty situations are triaged accordingly. By this process, all patients receive initial resuscitation and are then reassessed for further management.

The department’s quest to excel and its focus on quality care is supported by its daily debriefing and discussions that review the approach and priorities in day-to-day situations. The department comprises of a team of dynamic doctors, trained paramedics and non-medical personnel who work round the clock. The trauma team comprising of a general surgeon, an orthopaedician, an anaesthesiologist and a radiologist are available 24×7. Supportive facilities like CT, MRI, laboratory services and intensive care are available.

The department associates itself with academic units that provide training in life support courses, disaster management, pre-hospital care and trauma to medical students, nurses and the public.
Another proof of its excellence in academics is its association with the Indo-US Emergency and Trauma Collaborative – Emergency Medicine, or INDUS-EM. The aim is to improve the academic science of emergency medicine across medical schools.

The INDUS-EM held at PSG facilitated the MCI’s decision to announce emergency medicine as an academic discipline in 2009, which paved the way for the introduction of MD (Emergency Medicine) programmes across the country. The department is publishing the INDUS-EM newsletter “TEAMS” (Trauma and Emergency Medicine Academic Medicine Sentinel) every year since its inception. The department was also part of the national forum in developing the academic component of emergency medicine. A post graduate programme in this discipline has been introduced recently at PSGIMS&R.

Facilities

  • Each cubicle has a multi para monitor, airway devices and all emergency drugs
  • Each management area has a defibrillator and a mobile ventilator
  • The Department has an advanced ultrasound machine, point of care testing equipment and portable X-ray machine.
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