A team of doctors from the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Kochi has carried out a rare surgical procedure using 3D printing technology to give a new lease of life to an infant who was born without a sternum or breast bone – a rare condition known as complete cleft sternum. The doctors made use of 3D model to perform the complex surgery several times and then used titanium to print the implant that was fixed in place in the body of the infant during the surgery.
Considering the rise of health cost (consulation, diagnostic services, and surgeries) in India, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Kochi is among a few hospitals and visionaries taking up the responsibility for the country’s health by offering affordable medical services, and setting a noble as well as a profitable healthcare model.
Located in Kochi, Amrita Hospital is one of Kerala’s premier institute-hospitals, equipped with 1300 beds and serving more than 10 lakh outpatients. A recipient of the British medical Journal Award for the Best Surgical Team in South Asia, the hospital was inspired by Mata Amritanandamayi and inaugurated on May 17, 1998, by the then Indian Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee in her presence. Since then, the hospital has provided $70 million+ worth of charitable medical care with 3 million patients treated free of cost. The hospital also conducts 100 free camps in economically backward and remote areas with diagnostic treatment and medication provided for free. The hospital also has outpatient clinics in Kerala where it provides free medical treatment, particularly to people suffering from HIV/AIDS as well as a cancer hospice in Mumbai providing medical treatment and other basic amenities such as free medicines, rice, and other edible items to the poor suffering from terminal cancer.
To stress the importance of patient safety, the World Health Organisation (WHO) observed the first-ever World Patient Safety Day on September 17, 2019 (Tuesday) with the theme 'Patient Safety- A Global Health Priority.' Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Kochi has launched a week-long campaign on the occasion to stress the importance of the initiative and spread awareness among the medical fraternity and the general community.
"In a hospital setting, besides prescription audit, it is important that the patient identification is done properly, and that LASA (look alike, sound alike) medicines are listed and colour-coded," says Dr. K. V. Beena, Senior Medical Superintendent of the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Kochi.
Dr. Gitanjali Natarajan, Head of Department and Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, will be speaking about Anger Management at TEDxMEC2019, organized by Model Engineering College on September 22, 2019, at KTIZ, Kalamassery, Kochi.