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ISCCM urges government for critical care setups to tackle future pandemics

Our Bureau, Mumbai
Saturday, October 9, 2021, 14:20 Hrs  [IST]

Commemorating their 28th Foundation Day, Indian Society for Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM) organized a two-day research conclave with an endeavor to put Indian physicians in the fore-front of clinical research in the near future.

The brain storming session witnessed a gathering of over 150 participants including physicians, specialists, nurses and technicians.

The entire medical fraternity paid homage to the brave soldiers whose lives were unfairly cut short amid the pandemic and also pledged to support their bereaved families through their loss.

The session highlighted the importance of a critical care unit in hospitals which act as lifelines in salvaging patients from moribund conditions and the dire need for skilled and technically updated facility which can never be over emphasized.

The purpose, aim and goal of the ISCCM, all rolled into one, is continued education, research, spread of knowledge and skill development in the field of critical care medicine. The primary function is to provide a platform to all practitioners of critical care medicine to brain-storm new concepts and ideas alongside regular discussions of academic interest.

“While the research wing is very active and is rapidly gaining grounds, our ideology is to encourage young physicians of the country to explore newer practices and study ways and means of improvising the existing practices under the guidance of the seniors in the field. The ISCCM is instrumental in training personnel both academically and in skill development to fill the gap. The Government of India need to look into setting up of fully functional state of art ICUs at district and taluka levels with trained personnel manning them at the earliest, to take the pressure off tertiary care centers. Intensive care should be made more accessible and affordable to the common man. This is where the ISCCM steps in and contributes its knowledge and skill,” said Dr Deepak Govil, president, Indian Society for critical care medicine.

Indian critical care is certainly at par with international standards and it is only a matter of time that we prove the same to the World at large. The work and effort of the ISCCM has been given due recognition by the MCI but there is still a long way to go.

Uniting together over 15,000 critical care specialists, ISCCM is a mentor and guide to all the physicians preparing for examination or working on research matters in specialist courses in critical care medicine and to those who simply desire to keep themselves updated in the latest practices and critical care skills.

Integrated work by the ISCCM with government bodies is certainly bound to help improve the national health care system.

The theme of the ISCCM day celebration this year has been in keeping with the devastation of the Covid 19 pandemic on the medical fraternity. The two-day conclave will also cover a host of exciting activities like drawing/photography/e-poster/extempore competitions.

Medical education in critical care is a continuous process from the start to the very end of one’s career. Likewise, technological advancement is a continuous process and critical care specialists are required to be kept updated on the latest in devices used in the facility.

The core activity of the body is to hold academic lectures by stalwarts in the field at regular intervals through seminars and now webinars (in pandemic times), all year round, culminating in the annual conference; the highlighted activity of the year. Skill stations and workshops are organized alongside as an integral component of critical care training.


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