The Directorate of Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) has ordered the formation of committees to ensure the smooth functioning of emergency rooms across various hospitals.
The emergency rooms were created at District and Sub district hospitals for providing immediate medical assistance to patients coming from peripheral areas. “They can be patients having different problems such as cardiac arrests, trauma, poisoning etcetera. They require immediate help,” said Bashir Ahmad Chalkoo, Incharge Deputy Director, Headquarters.
Chalkoo said that patients will not have to roam around in Outpatient Departments (OPDs) as the treatment will be done in emergency rooms. “All the protocols will be followed at these emergency rooms and they will have necessary equipment required for their treatment,” he said.
DHSK earlier created a central team to look after the patients, however, it became hectic for the team to look after each and every institution, said Chalkoo. “Now we added two more committees to monitor the functioning of emergency rooms. Therefore, we have the north zone, south zone and central zone which will head the other zones,” said Chalkoo.
Modifications in the emergency rooms will be made on recommendations by the committee, he said. “They will also keep a check on the protocols and will improve emergency care at a grass root level,” Chalkoo added.
The medical team will be provided skill development training by the Regional Institute of Health and Family Welfare. “After the training, these doctors and nurses will go back to the field and operate in the emergency rooms,” he said.
The committees will start functioning from Monday, said Chalkoo. The initiative will be monitored by Director Health Services Kashmir, Sameer Mattoo.