Experts highlight the need to improve medical services in rural areas, at the 'Mahacriticon 2014', the four-day state-level conference jointly organized by the Aurangabad chapter of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine and MGM Medical College.
Shivkumar Iyer, president of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine, said: "Lack of awareness about the intensive care unit (ICU) among the public leads to misunderstandings and arguments between patients' relatives and doctors. To avoid this, it is necessary to spread awareness about the ICU. The doctors who practice in rural areas should upgrade their knowledge about critical care treatment."
Shirish Prayag, a senior intensivist from Pune and pioneer of critical care in India, said: "Critical care is an emerging branch in medicine. Doctors in this field are trained to treat complicated cases of trauma, heart disease, neurological diseases, sepsis, dengue, malaria, etc."
Anand Nikalje, an intensivist and organising chairman of the conference, said: "The conference focused on the theme 'Bridging the gap between critical care and other specialists'. It also discussed topics, including antibiotic choices, golden hour in trauma, malaria management, tropical fever in ICU, designing a modern ICU and ABCD of stress management," he said.