With the objective of providing solace to patients grappling with respiratory issues, Gleneagles Hospital, Parel, Mumbai has unveiled an unprecedented Intensive Respiratory Care Unit (IRCU) facility featuring 8 beds that boasts cutting-edge technology , in that 2 are exclusive negative pressure cubicles. This specialized unit is specifically designed for the comprehensive management of complex respiratory conditions that have seen a surge post-pandemic. This ICU facility will serve as a blessing for patients struggling with impaired lung function.
There has been a notable rise in the prevalence of respiratory issues across the country & Mumbai is one of most pollutant city in India. One particular type of pulmonary problem that is on the rise is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which includes conditions such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Factors contributing to the increasing rates of COPD include smoking, air pollution, second-hand smoke exposure, and genetics. Asthma, a chronic lung condition characterized by inflammation and narrowing of the airways leading to breathing difficulties, affects millions. In addition to these matters, the country is also grappling with elevated morbidity and mortality rates due to pneumonia and tuberculosis (TB). Gleneagles Hospital is taking a monumental stride in addressing this issue by inaugurating an IRCU facility, ensuring Specialized and dedicated medical facility exclusive for patients seeking care for respiratory diseases.
Dr Samir Garde, Director of Dept of Pulmonology and Lung Transplant, Gleneagles Hospital, Parel said, “Air pollution due to construction work and increased traffic congestion has significantly heightened the risk of respiratory *disorders*
As a result, there has been an increase in cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia. Common complaints presented by affected individuals include breathlessness, chest infections, coughing up blood, wheezing, persistent coughing, episodes of fatigue, weight loss, and sputum production. It is crucial for those with respiratory disorders to promptly seek medical intervention in order to prevent further complications such as long-term lung damage that can disrupt their daily routines. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are essential for effectively managing these issues."
Dr Prashant Borade, Director- Critical Care, Gleneagles Hospital Parel says, “Respiratory infections are a common and serious concern in the ICU, as they can significantly impact the health and recovery of patients. By promoting a holistic approach that combines proper infection control practices with individualized patient care strategies designed to enhance lung function, respiratory infections can be managed more successfully in ICUs.
“Equipped with cutting-edge technology and staffed by a team of highly trained specialists, this facility promises to provide the highest level of care to patients facing respiratory challenges. One of the key features of the ICU is its advanced ventilation systems that can adapt to individual patient needs. This ensures that each patient receives personalized and optimal treatment, improving their chances of recovery. The unit is outfitted with cutting-edge monitoring tools that allow experts to closely track and analyze a patient's breathing patterns, oxygen levels, and other vital signs in real-time. This facility gives hope for improved outcomes for both current patients as well as those who may require intensive respiratory support in the future,” concluded Dr Vivek Talaulikar, COO, IHH Healthcare India & CEO, Gleneagles Hospital, Mumbai.