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CMC Vellore plans a trauma care centre right on Chennai Bengaluru Highway

The prestigious Christian Medical College Vellore is putting up a dedicated trauma care centre right on the National Highway linking Chennai with Bengaluru that will adopt a multi disciplinary approach to road accident victims the Director of the hospital Dr Sunil Chandy said.

Tamil Nadu tops the number of road accidents in the country and the Chennai Bengaluru highway contributes to the toll. The state also has the largest number of black spots where the accidents occur.

The 117 year old hospital will be adding a new campus where this facility will be created in the next two years, the new campus at Kannigapuram will have 1500 beds he said.

Trauma care will be the face of this new campus. This will be CMC’s response to escalating statistics on road accidents. There are numerous accidents, including major ones, on the Chennai-Bengaluru National Highway. The number of persons getting injured and fatalities is high. Hence, trauma care will be the thrust area on the new campus, he said.

There were no trauma care facilities along the 200-km radius of the NH connecting the two state capitals.

“We will put in place a retrieval system that will involve ambulances for transferring the accident victims. The transit will be fast on the NH to reach the campus that is off the NH. An ambulance-only route has been planned on the campus so that the patient reaches the centre straight away within minutes from the highway.

The centre will have its own registration and facilities for X-ray, CT scan and also operation theatres. “This will be like a small hospital within a hospital. We will be taking a multi-disciplinary approach for trauma patients. Doctors, including surgeons, orthopaedicians and intensive care specialists, have gone for training for the purpose,” Dr. Chandy said.


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