Changing trends in the field of critical care

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Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM) was established in the year 1993, in Mumbai, India. It is the largest non-profit association of Indian Physicians, Nurses, Physiotherapists and other allied health care professionals involved in the care of the critically ill. ISCCM was initially started with a small group of consultants and has evolved to promote awareness, continuing education and research in the field of critical care.

To spread the awareness and changing trends in the field of critical care ISCCM Kolkata Chapter organizes every year an annual Continuing Medical Education (CME). Similarly this year Superspecialty Critical Care Congress has been arranged on 10th and 11th of December. The innovation this year is that we have arranged parallel CME and CNE (Continuing Nursing Education) for the doctors, nurses and paramedics. This innovative approach is taken keeping in mind the need of the hour so that we can have a comprehensive improvement in the number and quality of proficient health care providers.

The plenary sessions have been included a conglomeration of different super specialties along with Critical Care medicine and the multidisciplinary approach taken to manage critically ill patients. Keeping in mind the need of the hour in West Bengal; a debate session is arranged to discuss the issue of cost inflation in the critical care area. The debate have speakers for and against the motion to discuss the justification of the high cost needed to meet the infrastructure requirement, deliverance and outcome of care.

In recent times the clinicians working in the field of acute care i.e. critical care or emergency are facing a tough situation as they are facing violence and are hassled day in and day out in the clinical area. The clinicians are apprehensive about this scenario where they are threatened every day. In the Congress we have a panel discussion with eminent personalities from different fields like entrepreneurs, senior administrators of state government, senior health administrators, advocate, media spokesperson, senior police, representative from doctors forum and senior clinicians to discuss on the issue of survival of critical care medicine in West Bengal with new emerging laws, consumer protection acts, public misconception and skepticism and litigations. The main focus of the discussion is to improve the situation and eradicate the fear of the clinicians and to bring in a situation to deliver trustworthy and quality critical care service at appropriate and affordable cost.

This Critical Care Congress has been intended with the aim to establish a hassle free approach to comprehensively bring newer innovations in the field of critical care and to create an environment where the clinicians can practice safely and can build a healthy relationship with the patients and their family members.

Smt. Chandrima Bhattacharya, Honorable Minister in Charge, Law & Health, Govt. of West Bengal, has been present as guest of Honor to the debt & panel discussion sessions. DR. Rezaul Karim, from West Bengal Doctors Forum, DR. shantanu Sen from Indian Medical Association, DR. Sukumar Mukherjee from Health regulatory Commission, DR. Alok roy, Dr. Satyajit Bose, Dr, Susrata bandopadhyay, Dr. Ramesh Ramasubbaan, Professor Avijit choudhury, Mr. sandhi Mukherjee, Retired IG of West Bengal police , MR. Milan Mukherjee, Senior Advocate Kolkata High Court, MR. Suman chattopadhyay, Editor Aesamay and many other doctors and celebrities have participated to the discussions. The programs are moderated by DR. Kunal sarkar and DR. Arindam Kar.     

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