No Surgical Intensive Care units in peripheral hospitals: DAK

SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir president, Dr G M Mir, has expressed concern that though SMHS and SKIMS have surgical Intensive Care Units (ICU) but lack any of these facilities in the peripheral hospitals.
In a statement issued here, Mir said surgical ICU nowadays is the backbone of modern healthcare but none of the hospitals in periphery has this facility. He said almost all the patients of peripheral hospitals have to be referred to either SMHS or SKIMS thus increasing the load of these already overloaded hospitals unnecessarily.
DAK spokesperson Dr Mir Mushtaq, said many patients mainly accident victims, poisoning, and other cases die in the midway as the golden hour is prolonged unnecessarily due to referral transportation.
Dr Masood Rashid, Consultant, Anaesthesia & Critical Care and also senior executive member of DAK said that though there are many doctors trained as critical care specialist but their full potential is not being used, as their job remains confined only to surgery theaters in giving Anaesthesia thus wasting their talent and expertise. “If a pilot project is taken in which three peripheral hospitals at prime locations covering a vast area, one at District Hospital (DH) Anantnag, another at DH Baramulla and third one at JLNM Hospital in Srinagar are developed with Surgical Intensive Surgical Care facility in a phased manner, it will create a huge difference in the referral of the patients thus decreasing the mortality and morbidity to a large extent.”