An initiative to create an all inclusive environment for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) and to help them back on saddle
Bengaluru, 24th September 2016: The month of September being marked by UN as the “Spinal Cord Injury Awarness Month”. On this occasion Sakra World Hospital launched “Sakra Spine Disability Support Group” in the city. The one of its kind initiative created with the core philosophy to create a holistic enviroment towards the care and rehabilitation of Spinal cord injured individuals. The number of cases of spinal cord injury have increased over the years the majority of them include Young individual, farmers, labourers etc. Motor vehicle accidents, fall from heights remain main cause for this debilitating problem. It involves irrespective of socio-economic status of the individuals & has severe impact on financial, social and psychological aspect of the individual, family & on the nation as a whole.
In most patients with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), the situation worsenes due to the prejudice of the society which shatters the self-confidence and hope of the individual. The aim of the Spine Disability Group is to look past these problems and motivate individuals to make the best use of their situations. The recent Paralympic Event at Rio De Janeiro where the sportspersons from India won various medals is an ideal example of what a man can achieve if motivated.
The group aims to create an environment where empathy is showcased instead of sympathy. It hopes to motivate individuals and their families alike to push forward and never the disability come in way of their abilities.
“As a surgeon we do our best to save life, relieve the pain and take pressure off the spinal cord as a first step which helps in reducing the risk of secondary injuries on the spinal cord. Stabilisation of the spine when required helps in recovery of the spinal cord. But, I feel the support of the family which makes greatest contribution in bringing spinal cord injury patients back into the main stream. The goal of the Sakra Spine Disability Support Group is to create a conducive atmosphere where family, we surgeons & rehabilitation specialist work as a cohesive group to make patient to achieve his potential & help him to get back to the society at the earliest” said Dr. Satish Rudrappa, Director – Neurosciences, Sakra World Hospital
“Spinal Cord Injury is the most devastating injuries and with prolonged survival, rehabilitation of individual is of utmost importance. The major goal of rehabilitation is to prevent secondary complications, to maximise the physical functioning and to reintegrate the person into the society. Sakra Spine Disability Support Group creates a platform for patients and caregivers to connect with the various resources and avail the best services. It also helps the patients connect with people facing similar situations which can help boost the morale.” Dr. Maheswarappa BM, Senior Consultant & HOD - Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, Sakra World Hospital
With the Spine Disability Support Group Sakra Hospital aims to create a platform to connect the SCI individuals and their caregivers with other people with similar conditions. It is intended to create a symbiotic community which includes NGOs, Spine surgeons, rehabilitation experts including vocational trainers, corporate employers etc. It acts as an online community to share experiences and information to give quick expert opinion and connect various services providers to the members of the group.
The Sakra Spine Disability Support Group also aims to educate and encourage the masses on how to live a full life post spinal injury. The group also hope to create an independent and motivated community of patients as well as care givers who can create a spinal injury awareness amongst the masses in the future.
About Sakra World Hospital:
Sakra World Hospital is a 350-bed hospital, providing healthcare across all specialties such as Neuro Sciences, Spine surgery, Cardiac Sciences, Orthopedics, Women and Child Health, Digestive and Hepatobiliary Sciences, Renal Sciences, Emergency and Trauma Care. There are 12 integrated modular operation theatres (OTs) with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technologies like OR integration solution that features video input recording, saving and displaying from a range of sources like surgical camera, peripheral camera and MIS camera.
The OT complex has a dedicated world-class Hybrid OT, featuring an intraoperative CT, advanced bi-plane CathLab and a fixed column OT table with common iso-centre for high-precision surgeries. The procedures using bi-plane cath-lab, enable visualization of smaller body parts like thin vessels of the heart and facilitates intra-operative 3D imaging. The 80 ICU beds are supported by high-end equipment with a central monitoring system. This facilitates quick and easy collection / access and transmission of patient's data to any department in the hospital network. There are dedicated isolation rooms for patients who are highly infection prone.
The 24-hour level 1 emergency and trauma care unit, the first of its kind, is top-notch. To enhance the response time for medical emergencies, the triage area (casualty), resuscitation area (revival), ICU and OT are all located on the same floor. The emergency bay has a mini lab / static lab facility with critical equipment’s such as blood gas analyzer, cell counter etc., to empower doctors in taking quicker and better informed decision.