‘Regulatory body needed to audit delivery of healthcare in India’- Dr Shirish Prayag

The18th Annual Congress of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine & International Critical Care Congress is taking place at Hotel Marriott , Pune between Feb 15 and 19

Online PR News – 20-February-2012 – – • Theme of this year’s conference, ‘Critical Care in India – Coming of Age’
• Topics to be discussed- Critical care: the future, Next Gen ICU, Dying Safely, Improving Outcomes - less is more in critical care, Are our hospitals well prepared for disasters" Disaster medical response & role of critical care medicine
• Around 2,000-2,500 national & international delegates are participating

At the inauguration of the the18th Annual Congress of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine & International Critical Care Congress at the Marriott Hotel today, Dr Shirish Prayag, Chairman, Congress, highlighted the need of a regulatory body to audit the delivery of health-care in India similar to that of Joint Commission of Health Accreditation of the US which audits every single facility, quality of treatment and even the death rate in any particular hospital. It is time for us to attempt to have an objective review of our health services. The healthcare industry in India is definitely evolving but through the financial module which should be analysed and for that an authoritative body is necessary.”

He said that preventive measures and advanced critical care facilities are both equally important as lifestyle related illnesses have become an integral part of today’s way of living. Odd working hours, frequent travelling, invite issues like accidents, obesity, heart ailments which need the best of healthcare facilities.

While comparing the western critical care scenario to the Indian one, Dr Ken Hillman, professor of Intensive care at Liverpool Health Service, Australia, said, “The intensive care units in India are of international standard. They have developed rapidly in the last 10 years and are well-equipped now. The US invests 16 % of its GDP in health services, whereas Cuba invests only 9 % of its GDP on the same. Even then, Cuba ranks 28th in WHO rankings, while the US is on 26th position because Cuba is concentrating on basic facilities like educating people with the basics of health care. He also said, “As medical services are being expensive by the day, the biggest challenge faced by critical care sector today is to provide the best possible medical facilities at affordable prices,” He concluded, “This is one of the best conferences I have ever been to. I really appreciate the innovative concept of showcasing a thought-provoking film.

Dr Rouby Jean Jacques Director of the Experimental Intensive Care Unit and Vice-Dean of the University School of Medecine La Pitie-Salpetriere, France said, “The job of intensivists all over is the same in any country. Medical expertise even in rural India are also excellent. Just that the facilities available differ sometimes.”
A short film on the life of an intensivist titled ‘Resonant Notes’ was showcased at the inauguration. Well-known actors Benjamin Gilani and Subodh Bhave acted, while Kiran Yadnyopavit directed the the film. Further explaining this concept, Dr Prayag said, “The aim behind making the film is to make people sensitive enough to reconsider what they are doing due to the peculiar system they are trapped into and should find a way out and redefine professional values, be it any profession, that of a doctor or a teacher!”

The congress brings together an international audience with an interest in critical care & emergency medicine. The Scientific Committee has planned an exciting and varied scientific program that includes plenary and thematic sessions, presentation of research papers, workshops and meet-the-expert sessions, didactic lectures and smaller group sessions, promoting dialogue, debate and healthy controversy. Adhering to the philosophy of the practice of critical care, the sessions will be of interest to all practitioners who care for the critically ill.

Dr Kapil Zirpe, Organising Secretary, said, “Critical care practices in India have evolved significantly over the past decade. Critical care initially began as a service in major hospitals, but with the formation of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine the development of this speciality has been very rapid. There are currently about 200 medical colleges with hospitals attached to them in India. Additionally, there are more than 1000 district hospitals but only a small proportion (10%) of all these hospitals, have properly equipped or staffed intensive care units (ICUs).”

Dr Zirpe also said, “The congress is to create awareness of the ICU among doctors which will in turn help the common man. During the conference, we have organised sessions for doctors on issues like Disaster Management, management in case of epidemics. This is extremely necessary because most of the times the doctor himself is not aware how to act in such cases. The best example of this is the swine-flu that had gripped the city and initially most of the doctors were not aware of ways to treat the patient. Also, in cases like the recent Swargate bus incident, treating the patient in such emergencies is a difficult task and doctors should be well trained to tackle such circumstances which will in-turn help in saving lives!”

About ISCCM, Pune –
Constituted in 1993 Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine is the largest non-profit association of Indian Physicians, Nurses, and other allied health care professionals involved in the care of the critically ill. ISCCM is a National Organization and now has a membership of over 4500 members, comprising of more than 30 city branches all across India.

The ISCCM Pune branch was the first city branch of the Indian Society of Critical Care medicine (ISCCM), formed in 1993 and has been at the forefront in the various ISCCM activities.