SIMS – Safe & Secure

It has been a testing time for the last 5 months, as countries and governments have been doing their best to win over this Corona pandemic. We hope you and your family is safe and keeping good health in these testing times. We strongly recommend that you adhere to all the protective norms of mask, physical distancing etc. to stay safe in these times.

There appears to be considerable apprehension and hesitation among the people to visit hospitals to address to their non Covid related ailments & problems. As medical doctors and physicians, we felt it is our responsibility to plan, prepare and create an enabling environment to continue to offer medical services in a very safe manner. The hospital administration has been working hard towards this and has established and implemented strict protocols for care delivery.

It’s quite natural to avoid visiting public places and hospitals for the fear of contacting the infection. Hence, through this communication, we would like to reassure you of a safe hospital experience at SIMS, and the steps initiated for the same, should you need to physically come for further care. Also some investigations & interventional procedures just cannot be offered on the virtual platforms and tele consult services, which are also part of the initiative and being promoted.

As per the international norms, we have been extremely fortunate to have been able to totally segregate the “COVID CARE and the non COVID CARE” facilities, in 2 separate block at a distance to each other. This way realigning our operational work-flow, we have been able to keep our hospital facility free of COVID. Since the lockdown, we have safely carried-out about 700 surgeries without any post-operative complications due to COVID or any other infection. This of course has a mix of emergent and elective surgical procedures.

For Your Safety :

We would like to put forth the protocols that we follow at this time to enable smooth operations & significantly minimize the potential possibility of contacting the infection.

  1. Mandatory: Wearing mask, Thermal screening and Hand sanitization.
  2. Every patient and visitor counselled by a doctor for COVID symptoms before entering the hospital with a questionnaire.
  3. People with suspicious symptoms, fever or signs of COVID are examined at the designated “Fever Clinic in a separate section outside the OP area.
  4. Only one attendant is allowed per patient
  5. Strict physical distancing at all spots is followed inside the hospital premises.
  6. Frequent periodic sanitization of every area of the hospital is followed rigorously, and potential areas of infection are disinfected with UV lights every day.
  7. Realignment of the consultation suites & waiting areas to enable safe consult both to the doctors & the patients.
  8. Permission to enter the consult area only after the screening.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

Prior to admission for treatment / surgery:

The following instructions below have been framed keeping in mind your safety and well being and thereby that of your surgical team & rest of the staff too.

Without exception, it will be mandatory to comply with all the things listed below

  1. It is advisable that the same attendant continues through the entire period of admission till discharge. To avoid him/her from getting exposed in the interim period it is advisable that they remain within the hospital premises as much as possible.
  2. Every patient is subjected to dual CORONA tests i.e. RT-PCR as well as CT scan to ascertain non-COVID status.
  3. The pre-op and post-op patients are placed on separate floors.
  4. The entire support staff, nurses, floor have high-grade protective gear and follow clear guidelines with regard to floor care, movements and other floor functions.
  5. Operating room functions have been adapted to conform to internationally laid guidelines.

The Pre admission monitoring for surgical admissions

The monitoring phase can be done in 2 ways:

Rest at home

Where feasible the testing is done as an “out patient “and you could rest at home. Once the test results are negative, your doctor can decide on the date of the procedure. It is also possible you may need to undergo a second test based on your doctor’s & the other specialist recommendation. This is decided on other medical factors. For your well being and a smooth process kindly follow all the mentioned instructions during the stay at home

Instructions during stay at home :

  1. Keep yourself isolated from visitors at home.
  2. Maintain social distancing at home ( minimum of 1.5 metres)
  3. Practice “hand hygiene” and keep your hands and face and avoid touching the face as much as possible.
  4. Continue doing the preoperative exercises that are given to you
  5. Eat healthy food and drink enough fluids.
  6. Do not go out of home or participate in any gatherings
  7. If you are a diabetic or hypertensive , please follow the medications as usual and keep both blood sugar and blood pressure within acceptable limits
  8. Avoid any functions or gatherings even at home
  9. If you develop any mild symptoms during your waiting period for surgery, please inform us ASAP
  10. Report to the hospital the day before the planned surgery date as instructed
  11. Ensure that the attendant who is going to stay with you in the hospital follows all the above instructions.

If the above is not feasible or difficult or in special situations, the entire process is carried out under supervision in the hospital setting

The sample is collected soon after your admission and you are admitted pending the results. This will be followed up with the surgery when you are cleared for surgery by the associated consultants. This may entail a waiting time of anywhere from 3-4 days or more. This is case based scenario.

These instructions have been framed with the best interests in mind for both you and the care givers at the hospital. It would be a win-win for all if you could help us with this.

With all the above safety measures initiated at SIMS, it is expected that your care will be safe & smooth. If you have been advised for a surgery, we suggest you to connect with your doctor or care coordinator immediately to plan for it and understand all the necessary details to proceed further.

Your safety is our utmost priority. Please rest assured, SIMS is Safe & Secure !!!

Stay safe in the meanwhile.

For Appointment, call SIMS Helpline: 044- 2000 2001

A Safe Heaven for Treatment during COVID Crisis

The CORONA VIRUS pandemic has brought about unprecedented socio-economic changes. Everyone is concerned about their life and safety. Even, there have been growing concerns among people about safety during visiting a hospital to consult a doctor or for undergoing surgery. But, we, at SIMS Hospital have instituted uncompromising safety measures to ensure the safety of patients visiting their facilities for consultation or treatment.

SIMS is a name to reckon with for high-quality quaternary healthcare in the country. And, our safety and infection control standards are unparalleled. Moreover, we have realigned our care delivery protocols for keeping our facility free of COVID.

Dr. Raju Sivasamy
Vice President, SIMS Hospital

Before the outpatient consultation, every person undergoes thermal screening and counseling by a doctor for existing symptoms. Suspected COVID cases are then segregated and consulted in a separate section outside the OP area. Even the hospital staff has to undergo thermal checks every day before entering the hospital. Wearing masks is compulsory and there are strict instructions for physical distancing and frequent hand sanitization for everyone present inside the facility. Every area of the hospital is rigorously sanitized and potential areas of infection are sanitized with UV lights.

At SIMS, only non-COVID cases are allowed for IP admission. But, before that, every patient is subjected to RT-PCR as well as a CT scan to ascertain the risk factor. Rigorous discipline is followed in operation theatres by streamlining the cases, using advanced protective gear (PAPR), and ensuring laminar airflow through Hepa filters. The pre-op and post-op patients are placed on separate floors. In the last 3 months, about 500 surgeries has been safely completed at SIMS, without any post-op complications. Regular monitoring of the patients is done by a telepresence robot to avoid frequent contact.

With all the above safety measures SIMS is one of the best and safest hospitals in Chennai for doctors, as well as for patients looking for various healthcare needs, extending from primary to quaternary care.

For Appointment, call SIMS Helpline: 044- 2000 2001

What is Antibiotic ?

Antibiotics are medicines that help stop infections caused by bacteria. They do this by killing the bacteria or reproducing.Any drug that kills germs in your body is technically an antibiotic. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in response to the use of these medicines. Bacteria, not humans or animals, become antibiotic-resistant.”

You can help prevent antibiotic resistance:

Infection prevention can reduce antibiotic use and limit the spread of resistance to antibiotics. One of the most effective ways of reducing the risk of infection is good basic hygiene. It includes good hygiene:

  • Wash your hands properly.
  • Prepare food hygienically.
  • Avoid close contact with the ill.
  • Keep up to date on your and your children’s vaccinations.
  • Defend your right to clean water and sanitation.
  • Always seek the guidance of a licensed healthcare practitioner while taking antibiotics.
  • Do not need antibiotics when your healthcare worker suggests that you do not want them. 
  • Do not share antibiotics with anyone.
  • Do not use any leftover antibiotics.

Messages to promote safe use of antibiotics:

  • Always seek advice when taking antibiotics from a trained health care professional. 
  • Antibiotic abuse is putting us all at risk. 
  • Antibiotics, such as colds and flu, do not cure viral infections.
  • It is not the person or animal that becomes resistant to antibiotics that the bacteria themselves. 
  • Effective treatment of waste will protect the environment and reduce the resistance to antibiotics. 

What is stress and why is it important ?

Everyone is under stress. Nevertheless, our health and relationships are impaired by too much stress. If stress becomes overwhelming, it can cause other problems of mental health, emotional exhaustion, and physical illness, and can affect work, relationships, families, and every aspect of life. Sometimes the cause is health problems. Yet external stressors like physical abuse, stressful work conditions, financial stress, or other family health problems can also impact our health.

Stress Management Tips:

  • Maintain a positive attitude.
  • Accept that you can’t control events.
  • Be assertive, rather than aggressive. Instead of becoming angry, defensive or aggressive,show your thoughts, views or beliefs.
  • Study and practice relaxation techniques; for stress management, try meditation, yoga.
  • Periodic workout. The body will be properly able to combat stress when it’s safe. 
  • Eat well-balanced, healthy meals. 
  • Learn how to better manage your time.
  • Appropriately set limits and learn to say no to requests that cause undue stress in your life.Take time for recreation, hobbies and interests. 
  • Rest and rest enough. It takes time for your body to recover from stressful events. 
  • To reduce stress, do not rely on alcohol, narcotics or compulsive behaviors.
  • Check for social support. Spend time with those you are enjoying. 
  • Get help from a therapist or other mental health professional skilled in stress management and biofeedback strategies to learn safe ways to cope with your life’s stress.

World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day, May 31 2020, seeks to protect young people from the advertising of major tobacco companies and to help them stop using cigarettes and nicotine. This awareness day will highlight the health problems associated with the use of tobacco and will inspire policymakers to adopt measures that will minimize smoking and usage of other tobacco products.

Tobacco smoke contains many chemical and particulate matter that irritates the airways and lungs. When those substances are inhaled by a smoker, the body tries to get rid of them by making mucus and cough.

How smoking tobacco damages your lungs ?

Smoking affects the airways in the lungs and the tiny air sacs. This damage starts in smokers early on and lung function tends to decline as long as the individual smokes. Nevertheless, the condition can take years to become apparent enough to diagnose lung disease. 

Smoking causes pneumonia and asthma. It also induces many other pulmonary diseases and can be almost as severe as lung cancer.

Other ways smoking tobacco affects your health

Not all of the smoking related health conditions result in deaths. Smoking impacts the health of a person in many ways, affecting almost every body organ and causing a lot of illnesses. Here are some examples of other ways cigarette smoking affects your health:

  • Increased risk of gum disease and tooth loss.
  • Wounds taking longer to heal
  • Decreased immune system function
  • Increased risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Decreased sense of smell and taste
  • Premature aging of the skin
  • Bad breath and stained teeth
  • Increased risk for cataracts (clouding of the lenses of the eyes)
  • Lower bone density (thinner bones), which means a higher risk for broken bones, including hip fracture.
  • Higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis
  • Increased risk for age-related macular degeneration, which can cause blindness
  • Increased risk of peptic ulcers

Many of the smoking-related health problems can steal a person’s quality of life long before he dies. Smoking-related illness can make breathing, moving around, working or playing more difficult for a person. Quitting smoking can reduce the smoking-related disability, especially at younger ages.

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