Published On : Tue, Jan 5th, 2016

GMCH begins process to start trauma centre

Nagpur: The Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) administration on Monday initiated the process to start the much awaited trauma centre. It expects to put the basic equipment, medical and paramedical staff in place by the month-end and get the centre inaugurated by the last week of January.

GMCH dean Dr A Niswade held a meeting of department heads, PWD engineers, nursing heads and other authorities to set the ball rolling for the formal launch of the trauma centre. Basic equipment like CAT scan, C-Arm (equipment required for orthopaedic surgery), digital subtraction angiography (DSA) etc will be installed in about a fortnight. The gas pipeline for oxygen will also be installed before the trauma centre gets going.

The dean has already identified security personnel, nursing staff and teachers from orthopaedics, surgery and neurology departments to be posted in the centre. “The staff will be appointed on state government instruction on contract basis,” said Niswade. But security staff needs to be put in place first, to safe guard the expensive equipment during the installation process.

There is a big hall at the entrance, where the casualty staff will identify patient for degree of seriousness or intervention required. A red band will be tied to most serious patients, a yellow one for medium and green one for less serious patients, for better handling and management of patients by attending staff, who would refer them to expert doctors.

The dean plans to start the trauma centre initially with 30 beds instead of the purposed 90 beds for the centre. These will include 10 beds in the casualty, 10 ICU beds and 10 beds in ward.

Medical education minister Vinod Tawde had in 2014 winter legislative assembly session promised to make the centre functional within three months. But the centre couldn’t take off even one year later. Now, even when the dean is planning to start the centre, it is not at its full capacity. The centre is being set up with financial support from both central as well as state governments.