Sushruta Trauma Centre — north Delhi’s largest standalone trauma centre — is reeling under a severe staff and bed crunch. The hospital has 100% occupancy throughout, with the 49-bedded hospital getting nearly 100 accident victims on a daily basis.
It gets trauma patients from not only north Delhi areas, but Sonepat in Haryana and Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh among others.
There are six intensive care unit beds and specialists who operate on accident victims prefer to work on a rotational basis as they do not want to operate upon only accident cases.
The hospital did not have a dedicated neurosurgery team and after HT reported about the lack of neurosurgeons in the trauma centre about three months ago, the centre finally got four.
“The general surgeons, orthopaedicians and other specialists prefer rotation to break the monotony. The hospital is extremely overcrowded as more than 50 per cent of the accident victims brought here are from outside Delhi. Almost a similar percentage of patients are critically injured and requires immediate care. It is beyond the capacity but we try to accommodate all patients and refer only if we don’t have the facility required for a particular case,” said AK Walia, Delhi health minister.
Four posts are still vacant in the hospital in the neurosurgery department, three in anaesthesia and two posts are vacant in the radiology department. The hospital has arranged makeshift beds in the corridors to admit extra patients, who are shifted to the wards and ICU as soon as the beds are vacated by other patients. Those cases that cannot be managed with the available infrastructure are referred to the GB Pant and Lok Nayak hospitals.
Referring to the five deaths, Walia also said that all upcoming trauma centres would be attached to a hospital to avoid such laxity in services.
Post-mortem on bodies of four victims was done on Thursday and the body of the 36-year-old unidentified man was preserved in Maulana Azad Medical College. The state health ministry submitted the inquiry report to the Delhi chief secretary of Thursday night.
“We are waiting for their investigation report before taking any action,” said Sindhu Pillai, DCP (north district).