TAKE A TOUR!
Ready to take a photographic tour of Sri Sathya Sai Institute
of Higher Medical Sciences?
Here's some pleasant news
joining you in this tour is
none other than His Excellency Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, President
So, have an enjoyable and enlightening experience
you at the Central Dome of the Hospital
is the Director Dr. A. N. Safaya, himself.
Formerly, the Medical Director of the
All India Institute of Medical Sciences,
Dr. Safaya has been the Director of
SSSIHMS since inception.
Central Dome is Cathedral like, with
its ornate designs, the magnificent
altar, the dazzling chandelier and the
Venetian glasses. It here, that all
patients, staff and even visitors, say
a little prayer, before they enter the
miniature model of the hospital is right
outside the dome, for you to behold.
They say that the artist took more time
for making the model, than Swami did,
for building the entire Hospital!
us move on, to the Cardiology Outpatient
Department. Of course, this OPD, like
all other OPDs in this Hospital, is
packed with patients. The cardiology
OPD sees about 125 patients everyday.
patient first gets registered in the
OPD, where he is given a unique Hospital
ID Number. The records of all patients
are computerized and kept in the indigenously
developed Hospital Information System.
2D-Echo machines are the workhorses
of the Cardiac OPD. They give a dynamic
two-dimensional image of the heart and
are extremely useful in diagnosing a
majority of heart diseases, including
complex congenital diseases.
to move on to the nearby Imaging Department
Consultant Radiologist, explains the
working of the 1000 MA X-Ray machine
and fluoroscope. These machines are
vital for diagnosis. The X-Ray is the
surgeon's favorite 'guidebook' to the
patient, on the operating table.
much more 'detailed guidebook' is the
Computerized Tomograpic (CT) Scan of
the patient, which gives the Doctor
a slice-by-slice view of the diseased
area. The CT Scan is extremely useful
diagnostic tool for aneurysms, tumors
and bone injuries.
the Gamma Camera, doctors obtain very
clear images of various parts of the
body, such as the heart, kidney and
thyroid gland. To obtain these images,
tiny amounts of radioactive materials
(called "tracers") are introduced
into the patient, which emit radioactive
gamma rays that are detected by the
the Cathlab, in the first floor where
the Cardiologists are busy performing
an Angioplasty. There are two Cath labs
(a Monoplane and a Biplane), where various
diagnostic and interventional Caths
Consultant Cardiologist, tells that
both the Cathlabs are equipped with
digital image converters that can store
patient information. The Cathlab immensely
interests the President, who as a scientist
had previously designed an indigenously
made stent, and here after plans to
design indigenous and economical Cathlabs,
for the ailing and indigent in his country.
broad corridor from the Cath lab leads
to the adjacent operating rooms, facilitating
quick surgical interventions in case
of an emergency. The two operating rooms
are utilized to the maximum and are
equipped with heart lung machines, online
gas monitoring facilities, cellsavers,
centrifugal pumps; and of course, exceptionally
Intensive Care Unit, adjacent to the
operating rooms, is geared to give the
best post-operative care to the patient.
There are even infant warmers for the
babies. The President (who has put on
the gown before entering the sterile
area) is obviously impressed with the
level of care Dr. Neelam Desai, Surgeon
Incharge, gives to her patients.
the patients are stabilized, they are
moved to the wards, where care, and
love along with, accelerates their recovery.
The patients are all praise for the
radiance of His Grace is visible on
the faces of the patients
pain has vanished and smiles say it
quick detour, to the Department of Urology.
Here, the President is stunned by the
display, Dr.Bhat, the Department Chairman,
has upon the shelves. Huge stones (some
of them rocks!), deadly tumors, and
totally diseased kidneys that once threatened
lie harmless on
the shelves. The patients are long gone
leading the lives that they now owe
to the Department of Ophthalmology,
which offers a complete spectrum
of comprehensive and advanced diagnostic
and treatment facilities for
all disorders of the eye. The investigative
tools here, are state-of-art,
and are complemented only by the expertise
of the doctors.
President keenly listens to Dr.Sasirekha
explain the way the FFA machine locates
the tiny blood vessels that are damaged
in a patient's retina. The damage is
then quickly remedied using a laser,
before the patient is plunged into a
world of total darkness. Yes
Hospital indeed is a beacon
lives lost in the hopelessness of disease.
It is time now
to say good-bye
As you drive
on, look back, at this Edifice of
Love and Hope
and carry its memories
discover the joy in
and celebrate the joy