The Department of Anaesthesiology accorded full-fledged status on the 25th November 1981.Since then, the department has developed many folds. It provides anaesthesia services to different speciality and superspeciality departments including Cardiothoracic, Neuro Surgery, Pediatric, Plastic and Joint Replacement surgery together with anaesthetic services to General surgery, ENT, Orthopaedic, Ophthalmology and Gynaecology, Radiology ((CT and MRI) & Radiotherapy suites and other interventional procedures. The department provides round the clock anaesthesia services to more than 12,000-14000 patients / month.
The department caters a 12 bedded Intensive care unit (ICU) with 100% occupancy. It also provides regular anaesthetic check-up facility in PAC Clinic besides regular services for acute, chronic and cancer pain management in Pain Clinic. The critically sick patients from different clinical departments requiring Airway support and haemodynamic stability are attended on a regular basis. The Anaesthesia Care Team is committed for achieving excellence in Clinical- Care, Education, Research & hold deep academic value.
The Post Graduate teaching program here is considered as one of the best at national level. The teaching and training is so oriented that the resident may work in any given situation in the country and abroad. PG Strength is 17/ year including 7 MD and 10 Diploma Anaesthesia, both the courses recognized by MCI. The students excel in their career both in the National and International platform after qualifying the PG exit examination. The expertise of the department in the Airway Management has been acknowledged at National & Regional Academic platforms.
The department maintains a museum and two seminar rooms equipped with audio-visual facility. The department lays great emphasis on practical training of undergraduate and postgraduate students. It has CPR manikins, Intubation Trainer, peripheral I/V line and Central line manikin for hands-on training.
The department also lays emphasis on training of paramedical staff and is currently involved in running a two year paramedical course "Diploma in Anaesthetic Assistance". The department has organized a number of State level Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and CME in the past. It is the trendsetter in Advanced Airway Management and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in this region. The expertise of the department in these fields has been acknowledged at National & Regional Academic platforms.
The department has been renamed as the Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care recently.
The operation theatres have been upgraded with latest workstations and multichannel monitors with facility to monitor end tidal CO2 concentration and can gauge the depth of anaesthesia with the help of Bi Spectral Index (BIS) monitor. Recently introduced volatile anaesthetics, Sevoflurane and Isoflurane are being used for maintenance of General Anaesthesia on a regular basis.
The department is also well equipped with the latest instruments and gadgets including Fiberoptic Bronchoscope (adult and paediatric), McGrath video laryngoscope, Kings vision video laryngoscope, C-Mac Videolaryngoscope, Optical stylet, Airtraq and variety of Supraglottic Devices (Proseal Laryngeal Mask Airways, LMA Fastrach, AMBU LMA along with other LMAs,I gel, Combitube, Laryngeal Tube, Laryngeal Tube Suction, Cobra, Air-Q) to establish a patent airway in difficult cases of anaesthesia.
The department also has 'Spirobank' to perform spirometry in the OPD as well as in the Operation theatres.
Peripheral Nerve Stimulator and Nerve Locator are being used for guided regional blocks for regional anaesthesia and postoperative pain management. The Pain Clinic of the Department of Anaesthesiology is performing C-arm guided advance interventions for pain management including radiofrequency and pulsed radiofrequency techniques and ultrasound guided blocks in collaboration with the department of radio diagnosis.
The ICU of the department is now equipped with, bed side X-ray, Arterial Blood Gas analysis and Dialysis Machine facility. The Ultrasound Machine in ICU is now used for localization of correct anatomy during invasive monitoring like CVP insertion and measurement of PCWP in a compromised patient. Advanced Haemodynamic Monitor saves the life of many patients in ICU.