Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 2:
In an effort to improve critical care services in the rural areas of Odisha the government is planning to launch an e-ICU or Tele ICU programme linking all district hospitals with a central Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the SCB Medical College and Hospital by July or August this year.
The Tele-ICU programme will function under Odisha Tele-medicine Network (OTN) and will use the tele-medicine technology to enable communication between the Central unit in SCB and remote ICUs in the districts. The technology inputs would be provided by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), according to reports.
The district ICUs will directly contact the central ICU centre in SCB for any advice about the condition of the patient in ICUs .
Notably, the district hospitals of Nuapada, Malkangiri, Nabrangpur, Balangir, Puri, Koraput, Balasore, Mayurbhanj , Kalahandi and Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar, have six bedded ICUs .
These ICUs have been equipped with an advanced critical support system, including two ventilators, trained staff strength of two doctors, 10 nurses and paramedical staff trained in intensive care.
The doctors in SCB College and Hospital ICU will get special incentives for providing their services in this programme, the authorities have said.