Manipur: 31 bedded ICU with ECMO facility inaugurated at SHRI

Imphal, May 16 2022: Shija Hospitals & Research Institute (SHRI) inaugurated a 31-bedded Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on the third floor of the Eastern Block of the hospital today.

As per a press release from SHRI, the event was graced by Dr Palin Khundongbam (CMD, SHRI), Dr Bonney Khundongbam (CEO, SHRI), Dr Jugindra Sorokhaibam (Director Medical Services, SHRI), Professor Dr Maisnam Amuba Singh (Director, Shija Academy of Health Sciences), senior doctors and the critical care team of SHRI.

With the addition of 31 new ICU beds, the hospital will now have 78 critical care beds and a dedicated team of 12 critical care specialists, 10 resident medical officers and 160 nurses working shifts to treat and monitor patients round-the-clock.

The newly inaugurated facility will have an ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) machine, counselling room, ventilators, ABG (Arterial Blood Gas) Analyzers, Electrocardiogram (ECG), syringe pumps and monitors attached to each bed, medical gas pipelines, portable ultrasound and x-ray machines, air handling unit for the ICU complex and other cutting-edge hospital technologies.

The ECMO machine pumps blood from the patient’s body to an artificial lung (oxygenator) that adds oxygen to it and removes carbon dioxide.

Thus, it replaces the function of the person’s own lungs.

The ECMO machine then sends the blood back to the patient via a pump with the same force as the heart, replacing its function.

The air handling unit (AHU) will ensure good indoor air quality.

The basic function of the AHU is to take in outside air, re-condition it, and supply it as fresh air to a building.

For SHRI, having a well-equipped ICU with a vibrant critical care team is a dream come true.

It is worth mentioning that during the first and second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, SHRI offered the greatest number of ICU beds in Manipur.

For remarkable services offered by the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic, SHRI was conferred the National Health Award by Double Helical during the Double Helical Health Conclave on May 2, 2022 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, added the release.

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