Seventy-three clinicians and intensivists, from across the  country are attending a two-day workshop on Mechanical Ventilation which began at the SUM Ultimate Medicare (SUMUM)  here on Saturday.

The workshop has provided the participants the opportunity for one-to-one interaction with the faculties while offering them simulation based learning, Dr. Banambar Ray, SUMUM’s Head, Department of Critical Care and organizing chairman of the event, said. “This kind of academic event has never been conducted in the state before,” he said adding it provided the participants the required knowledge and practice to start and manage their patients on ventilators.

The inauguration of the annual national workshop was done by Prof. (Dr.) Datteswar Hota, Vice-Chancellor of Odisha University for Health Sciences, who said the Covid-19 pandemic had changed the concept of critical care. “The subject of critical care had taken centre-stage because of Covid and now the stage has been set for introduction of smart care ventilators,” he said.

The patient-ventilator relationship has assumed significance and it would get boosted because of Artificial Intelligence, Prof. (Dr.) Hota said.

The workshop has been organised by W4C Critical Care Foundation in collaboration with the Bhubaneswar city branch of Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine and SUM Ultimate Medicare.

Dr. Swetapadma Dash, CEO of SUMUM, said the workshop would remain an essential milestone not only for SUMUM but also for the healthcare delivery in the state. “It is expected to provide highly informative and valuable experience to all participants and enhance their skill and knowledge,” she said.

The inaugural program was also addressed by Dr. Narendra Rungta, Founder Chairman and Managing Trustee of Critical Care Foundation, Jaipur, Brig. (Dr.) Biraj Mohan Mishra, Chief, Medical Services, SUMUM, and Dr. Anand Mishra, Senior Consultant, Critical Care Medicine, SUMUM.

The subjects being discussed at the workshop included basic respiratory physiology, approach to respiratory failure, oxygen delivery devices, heart-lung interactions, basic modes and initiation of mechanical ventilation, ventilator graphics and physiology and complications on mechanical ventilation.