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Accident and Emergency

The accident and emergency unit became fully functional in November 2002. All patients requiring emergency care - including medical, surgical, neurosurgical, orthopedic, pediatric and obstetrics and gynecological emergencies- present at the A & E unit. The A & E unit provides 24-hour service for trauma and non-trauma surgical and medical emergencies. The unit consists of a well-designed triage area where eight patients can be assessed and treated, and a 10-bed intensive care unit. An operation theatre is close by, and so is the radiology division that offers routine radiography, ultrasonography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. The A & E is supported by 24-hour x-ray and laboratory services including a blood bank. The unit is manned by casualty medical officers and residents and is supervised by consultants across the specialities.

A clinical forensic unit functioning in the A & E unit ensures that all medico-legal problems are handled by the department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology. The consultants from the Forensic Medicine department assess the patients, prepare injury report, liaise with police and document all medico-legal details of the patients.

The accident and emergency unit, named after Sri Sathya Sai Baba is located on the ground floor of the hospital and is easily accessible to multiple hapless victims of disaster and trauma. The common emergencies that the doctors in the unit handle include acute surgical conditions (e.g. acute abdomen, bleeding gastrointestinal tract), Medical emergencies (heart attack, stroke, severe asthma, pneumonia, shock, sepsis, snake bites and pesticide poisoning etc.), Orthopaedic injury, Paediatric emergencies, Acute ENT & eye emergencies and Industrial accidents.

Plans are afoot to develop the unit to ensure that all serious patients receive therapies in the golden hour.

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