Mumbai: The Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) has planned to introduce ‘Acute Critical Care Course’ (ACCC) in the MBBS curriculum in government colleges, to help reduce the number of deaths due to medical negligence. Dr Kalidas Chavan, registrar, MUHS, has confirmed the development. “According to a study by the University of Harvard in 2017, every year 50 lakh people die in India, due to medical negligence. Experts also believe that introducing a specialised course for doctors and hospital staff could cut down fatalities by 50 per cent,” said Dr Chavan.
The course aims to train medicine specialists, gynaecologists, orthopaedists and emergency physicians to suspect and identify patients at risk of deterioration. On a pilot basis, currently the course has been introduced in the MUHS. “The study also stated that medical negligence deaths occur in India because doctors and hospital staff are not aware of how to handle critically ill patients,” Dr Chavan observed.
Dr Shivkumar Utture, president of the Maharashtra Medical Council, said most times, we get complaints from the patients’ relatives regarding medical negligence or patients not being treated in a timely manner. “Once this course will be introduced, it will help doctors and hospital staff to save lives and students will learn how to handle the critically ill,” he said. Dr Ramesh Bharmal, Dean, BYL Nair hospital, said, “We have already begun a six-month course for doctors and nursing staffers and they are also being trained on how to handle critically ill patients.”
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