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TMH Jamshedpur drops plasma therapy from Covid-19 treatment protocol, plans to increase ventilators for children

Hospital launches training modules to combat Third Wave 

 Jamshedpur, May 18: Tata Main Hospital (TMH) has dropped plasma therapy for management of COVID-19 patients following fresh guidelines issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) – the Union government’s topmost medical advisory body on May 17.

The decision comes a day after members of ICMR’s National Task Force suggested that the plasma therapy lacked effectiveness and was used inappropriately in several cases.

During a telephonic media interaction, Dr Rajan Choudhry, advisor, and former general manager, medical services, Tata Steel said that following the guidelines the hospital decided to stop use of plasma therapy. The therapy had been widely used in the hospital to treat Covid-19 patients.

He went on to inform that the second wave is showing a downward trend. The Covid-19 positivity rate has reduced from 32.84 on May 9 to 30.48 on May 16.  In the last four days 136 patients were admitted. The hospital has witnessed a total of 6794 admissions so far. The deaths at the hospital have also reduced to 39 in the last four days with 9 to 10 deaths per day while the figure in the last week was 13-14 per day. Out of 39 deaths, 30 were from East Singhbhum, four Seraikela Kharsawan, two from West Singhbhum, one from Dhanbad and one from Ramgarh. The recovery rate has improved to 78.14 per cent.

Dr Choudhry informed that 160 health staff members have been hit by the virus comprising 32 doctors and 35 nurses, 33 para medics, 154 support staff.

“We need to be careful in the coming days as the downward trends should continue for the next two weeks. We should continue to avoid crowding, wear masks and follow social distancing. This will reduce the chances of spread of the virus. If we remain serious about the protocols the virus will further reduce significantly,” he noted.

He said that the hospital achieved the 50,000 vaccination mark on Monday. He noted that even after vaccination, one must continue to follow COVID-19 appropriate behavior including wearing of mask, hand sanitisation, social distancing and avoid crowded places. The hospital is operating 595 Covid beds out of these 450 beds at TMH and 150 at GT hostel 4.

Tata Main Hospital (TMH) has also started taking preventive measures to combat the third wave of Covid- 19. Dr Rajan Choudhry, advisor, and former general manager, medical services, Tata Steel said that with reports suggesting impact on children during the third wave they are augmenting facilities for children. They plan to increase numbers of ventilators for children. Apart from improving bed infrastructure, they have launched training modules for their staff to help them prepare to fight the next wave. “We need to be very careful in view of the next wave and continue to use masks and avoid crowding places,” he noted.

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