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Critical care medicine is a medical super-specialty which deals with the care of patients suffering from life-threatening conditions, mostly in the intensive care units (ICUs).

The Department of Critical Care and Emergency Medicine (CCEM) was created in SGRH in 1999. Today the department is well-known nationally for excellent patient care, teaching, training and research. The department has 12 full-time consultant intensivists and 28 senior residents. Consultant intensivists and senior residents are physically present in the ICU round the clock. Our consultants have held top positions in state and national societies, regulatory and accreditation bodies. Dr B.K. Rao, Chairman, department of CCEM is a Padma Bhushan recipient. He has been the President ITACCS (Indian Chapter), Member Board of Governors, Medical Council of India (MCI), Member, National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH). Dr Prakash Shastri, Dr Vinod Singh and Dr Debashis Dhar have been the President of Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine, Delhi and NCR Branch. The department provides multispecialty critical care services on 64 beds located in medical/surgical ICUs in SGRH, City SGRH, Kolmet SGRH and 6 beds in a high dependency unit (HDU) in SGRH and emergency. In these areas the patients are admitted under the Department of Critical Care Medicine as well as other clinical departments.

All these ICUs are state-of-the-art facilities having organ support and monitoring facilities. The organ support facility includes invasive and noninvasive ventilators including high frequency oscillatory ventilator, nitric oxide delivery system, ECMO, haemodialysis and CRRT. All ICU beds are equipped with multichannel monitoring systems. ICU also has a EV1000 cardiac output monitor, fl exible fi breoptic and video bronchoscopy and ultrasonography.

A team from the department transports patients from across the country using fully equipped ground and air ambulances.

Teaching activities

The department has been conducting the Fellowship of the National Board (FNB) course in critical care medicine since 2003 and its alumni are spread all over India. The department is recognized for 7 seats of Diplomate National Board (super-specialty); and 8 seats of Indian Diploma in Critical Care Medicine, 4 seats of Indian Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine from the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine. The department runs short 3- or 6-month observation courses in critical care.

The department conducts basic training for the rotating residents from other departments.

The department is a recognized international training centre for conducting BLS and ACLS courses of the American Heart Association. BLS and ACLS courses are held quarterly by the department.

The department runs critical care nursing and ICU technician training programme.

The department has state-of-the-art skill lab for BLS and ACLS and intensive care procedures. All residents learn ICU procedures on simulators such as intubation, percutaneous tracheostomy, central intravenous line placement with or without ultrasound guidance, bronchoscopy on a bronchial tree.

The department has its own library, which houses major textbooks, journals related to critical care, SCCM publications, guidelines, monographs and audio visual material in the form of video cassettes, CD-ROMs.

Quality assurance activities

Clinical and quality audits are conducted every month by the department and the results are used to improve the standard of critical care services.

Academic and research

Online databases like UPTODATE, critical care journals and books are available to the consultants and residents of the department.

The department conducts a regular teaching programme and holds seminars, case presentations and journal discussions.

The department has a very active research programme and its consultants and residents have international and national peer-reviewed journal publications to their credit.

The department has presented many award-winning clinical research papers at the national conference of Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonology.

The department organizes an annual conference in association with GRIPMER. The 2017 conference was the 5th conference on ‘Ultradynamics – Simplifying Critical Care’. The department also organizes an annual workshop on mechanical ventilation.

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