New Delhi: Sanjeevan Hospital, New Delhi, one of the premier multi-specialty Hospitals in Central Delhi, today announced a launch of a dedicated Centre for Burns and After Burns Care. The Centre is launched under the patronage of Prof Dr Lalit Makhija, Former HOD, Plastic Surgery and Burns Department , Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, who has joined as HOD, Plastic Surgery and Burns Department, Sanjeevan Hospital. The Centre would aim to serve the population of Central Delhi with comprehensive Burns and after burns case in the light of Rising Mishaps in the Capital
Speaking at Launch of the Unit , Prof Dr Lalit Makhija, said “Management of Burns is a long process. Apart from having a Mortality due immediate shock of burns, it has a very high morbidity associated with it as well . This basically means that even after reaching the hospital and treatment being started, burns patients are still susceptible to their injuries and infection that leads to Septicemia and therefore require continuous and dedicated attention to cater to their injuries. Sometimes, this process can even go on for months, till the patient finally recovers. We are happy that Sanjeevan Hospital has taken this step to address this growing issue by setting up a dedicated unit for Burns Management.”
Talking about the incidences of burns in the country, Dr Prem Aggarwal, Managing Director, Sanjeevan Hospital Said, “ In a country like ours, besides being a medical issue, Burns is an important Social Issue. Burns are the only unnatural cause of death in India in which females outnumber males by a large margin with unfortunately, majority of deaths taking place in the younger age group of 21-30 years. AS per WHO records more than 10 lakh people get moderately or severely burnt every year leading to around 2 lakh deaths every year.”
“We are happy to introduce a dedicated Unit for Burns and after burns care, with the esteemed guidance of a renowned super-specialist like Prof Dr Lalit Makija. We will be providing dedicated 24 hour emergency services with experienced staff to address all aspects of burns including burn wound management, burn reconstruction, rehabilitation” Dr Prem Aggarwal added
Fact Sheet On Burns
- Every year a substantial proportion of deaths in India occur due to burn injuries.
- The age group of 21-30 years accounted for the maximum number of cases, followed by the age group 31-40 years and the 11-20 years. However, slowly the instances of burn among children are on the rise.
- “KITCHEN ACCIDENTS”- The majority of the Burn victims are women and of them, married outnumber the rest by a great margin and a huge chunk of these incidents get labeled as “Kitchen Accidents”.
- FEMALE DOMINANCE-Burns are the only unnatural cause of death in India in which females outnumber males by a large margin
- Kerosene/ kerosene stove is one of the leading causes of fire followed gas stove/ cylinder and anghiti/ chullha. All in all, the universal source of fire in the household for cooking purposes is responsible major instances of the victims catching fires. This is followed by fire due to electricity. bidis/ cigarettes (lit and forgotten) are also responsible for fire cases in the country.
- In urban cities, Electrical Burns are slowly on the rise, due to high voltage cables being laid down in residential areas and lack of guidelines for workers while working with these cables.
- Instances of Acid/ Chemical Burns are also prominent despite measures by the lawmakers to restrain such substances.
- Leading Cause of Mortality in Burn patients, is Infection leading to Septecemia. Many patients succumb to their injuries despite reaching the hospital and being given treatment. Other Causes of Mortality include Burn Shocks as well as Toxemia & shock.