Keeping in mind the unfortunate rise in number of burn injury cases in city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to upgrade its six burn centres in Mumbai.
According to sources from civic body’s health department, talks between BMC and National Burns Centre, Navi Mumbai, (NBC) have taken place and an official announcement is likely to be made soon.
“We are in process of upgrading the burn centres in civic hospitals with help of National Burns Centre, which is excellent at treating burn injury patients,” said Dr Avinash Supe, Dean, KEM Hospital and Director of major civic hospitals.
NBC, which is known for its service and treatment of burn injury patient, will help in training staff at civic hospitals.
According to Mumbai Fire Brigade, number of fire incidents in Mumbai has increased by 7% in last seven years. In 2009, Mumbai witnessed 4,861 fire incidents, which increased by 351 in 2016.
City doctors have welcomed BMC’s move, stating that upgrading centres in public hospitals will make burn injury treatment affordable.
“There is a need to upgrade burn centres in public hospitals to provide best service to burn injury patients. Burn injury treatment is expensive, so it should be affordable to society’s economically-weaker section,” said Dr Anil Tibrewala, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at PD Hinduja and Breach Candy Hospital.
He further added that treating a burn injury patient involves a multispecialty team of doctors.
“It’s a team work. The team consists of plastic surgeon, chest physician, general surgeon, paediatrician, microbiologist, psychiatrist, nutritionist and skilled nurses. So, everyone who is part of this team must be well trained. Additionally, there should be good infrastructure with operating rooms, acute care and rehabilitation system,” said Tibrewala.
Although most of the hospitals have provisions to treat minor burn injury incidents, major burn injury cases have to be referred to a specialised burns centre. Doctors also pointed out that since burn injury involves multiple procedures, it is an expensive treatment.
Dr Suhas Abhyankar, Consultant Plastic Cosmetic and Burn Surgeon at Masina Hospital, said, “Whenever any natural or man-made disaster happens, there is mass causality. Initially, all these patients are taken to nearest civic hospitals. Thus, burn centres need to be upgraded and be well equipped, so that they can offer health services at reasonable cost.”
Some city doctors also said for immediate quality treatment in case of any major fire accident in city, number of beds needs to be increased. There are 16 beds in Sion Hospital’s burns unit.
NBC is a 50-bed specialised centre, with eight-beds of Intensive Burn Care Unit. It has a well-equipped operation theatre and trained staff. Apart from minor burn injury cases, for major and serious burn injuries, most city doctors refer NBC to their patients.