The India Post, Chandigarh, 15th May, 2009 :Prof Raj Bahadur, Director Principal, GMCH, Sector 32, today stressed the need for focused hands-on workshops on neo-natal ventilation which formed an integral part of intensive care of sick neo-nates with immature or diseased lungs. It offers partial or complete mechanical support to neo-nates who cannot breathe effectively.He was inaugurating a four-day neo-natal ventilation workshop which has been organized by the Department of Pediatrics, Government Medical College & Hospital, in collaboration with All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, and Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI), Chandigarh.
Prof Ashok Deorari from the AIIMS introduced the delegates to the concept of neo-natal ventilation and emphasized the need for optimum management of new-born infants for improving their intact survival.
Dr. Praveen Kumar of PGI explained the science and basic facts about new-born ventilation. Prof. Sushma Nangia from Lady Harding Medical College, New Delhi, explained the mechanism of transport of oxygen and carbon-dioxide in the blood and dwelt on the interpretation of blood gas investigation.
Special topic of the day was continuous positive airway pressure, an increasingly popular method of supporting ventilation of neo-nates. Continuous positive airway pressure has been associated with faster recovery of diseased lungs and also protects them from harmful effects of more invasive neonatal ventilation.
The workshop is being attended by resident doctors, teaching faculty and practitioners from all over the India. It will focus on practical aspects of ventilation and continuous positive airway pressure in new-born infants. The four-day sessions would include participatory learning in mini-workshops, case discussions and demonstrations with special emphasis on group work in tutorials and problem solving.