Gurgaon hospitals equipped to handle only minor burn cases

Worse still, not one private hospital in the city has a burn ward to cater to such patients.

gurgaon Updated: Oct 18, 2017 21:44 IST
Ipsita Pati
Ipsita Pati
Hindustan Times
Burn,Diwali,Health news
Three children were injured during bursting of crackers on Wednesday. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

While immersing in the Diwali spirit, city residents should be careful not to sustain burns from crackers and earthen lamps, as government hospitals in Gurgaon can only handle patients with less than 30% burns.

Worse still, not one private hospital in the city has a burn ward to cater to such patients.

In what was a close call for residents of Close North Society at Nirvana Country, Sector 50, a Chinese lantern brought down the awning of a terrace garden on October 5. Though the fire wreaked heavy damage to property, no one was injured in the incident.

Every year on Diwali, the city records a spike in the number of patients with burns. However, the city hospitals do not have the necessary wherewithal to deal with patients with severe burns.

“We have a six-bed burn ward at the civil hospital to attend to patients with burns. We can also accommodate 50 patients at the emergency ward. We are equipped to treat children with 20% burns and adults with 40% burns. Those with severe burn injuries are referred to Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital,” Sanjay Narula, in-change of burn ward, Gurgaon civil hospital, said.

“We treat patients with eye injuries and skin infection after Diwali. Since the burn cases are often more complicated, we refer patients with severe burns to Delhi,” Narula said.

Private hospitals in the city do not have a proper burn ward to deal with patients with more than 20% burns.

“The emergency ward in our hospital is equipped to deal with emergency cases during the festival. Anticipating a large number of firework-related emergencies, traumas, assault and cases pertaining to binge drinking, we have decided to put doctors on special emergency duty round the clock till the festival is over,” Dr Imtiyaz Gani Reshi, principal consultant, emergency department, Paras hospital, said.

Doctors at private hospitals said residents should be careful of firecrackers and take precautionary measures while celebrating Diwali.

Dr Devendra Richhariya, senior consultant, department of accident and emergency, Medanta - The Medicity, said, “Incidents of burn injuries from firecrackers increase manifold during Diwali. While we are equipped to handle patients with both minor and major burns at our emergency ward, residents should take caution while bursting crackers lighting up earthen lamps.”

Health experts said those sustaining minor burns during Diwali celebration could use trusted home remedies such as ghee, ice cube and Aloe Vera paste.

Dr Partap Chauhan, director, Jiva Ayurveda, said, “In recent years, smoke and noise created by firecrackers have become a reason for worry on Diwali. Residents should take precaution while celebrating Diwali, as earthen lamps and crackers can cause fire. Those with minor burns can put ice or water on the affected part to reduce pain.”

Diwali do’s and don’ts

Keep a bucket of water while playing with firecrackers.

Always keep children away from firecrackers

In case of a deep wound, residents are advised to bring the patient to the emergency ward of a hospital

Remedy for minor burns

Put the affected part under running tap water for a few minutes and wash with cucumber water or rose water. Both of these have astringent properties and help in preventing infection.

Grind cucumber and carrot in a blender or mash them finely in a mortar & pestle. Strain the juice out and apply the paste on the affected area. You can also crush Aloe Vera leaves and apply the pulp. If fresh leaves are not easily available, you can use Aloe Vera gel available in stores.

Ghee gives a cooling effect on the skin. If possible, take barks of Pipal and Bargadand and mash it into a pulp. Add this to cow ghee and apply on the affected area. Applying plain ghee on burn area is also beneficial.

Mix equal amounts of honey with plain coconut oil. Use this mixture on the burn area for relief. Instead of coconut oil, one can use sesame oil as well.

First Published: Oct 18, 2017 21:40 IST