70-bed burns ward at KMC for Deepavali

Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar inaugurated Tamil Nadu Accident Emergency Initiative (TAEI) Centre and laminar flow at the burns ward in Government Kilpauk Medical College Hospital on Wednesday.
70-bed burns ward at KMC for Deepavali
The new TAEI Centre and laminar flow in burns ward at KMC

Chennai

With 70 beds, the ward at the hospital is the largest tertiary burn care center, said the minister.

The laminar flow for the burns ward and OT is being done at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore. It is a flow regime in which air is passed through the high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter that removes all bacteria and contaminants. The purified air enters the patients chamber and goes out by suction in a Laminar flow.

This reduces the incidence of infection and sepsis, thus increasing the survival rate of the burn victims, who will be nursed in separate cubicle to prevent cross contamination, hospital officials said.

Added to this, the laminar flow has also been installed for burns operation theatre where surgeries, like wound debridement, collagen application, skin grafting, and flaps are done.

“A separate ward was opened for Deepavali with 10 beds with all facilities for burns care,” said KMC dean Dr P Vasanthamani. “The number of burn cases during Deepavali was around 100 in in 2016, 75 in 2017, and 50 in 2018,” she said.

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