The word ‘ Anaesthesia ‘ means no pain. The advancement in the field of Surgery is mainly because the pain factor was taken care of by the Anaesthesiologist. Every possible curative, diagnostic, palliative procedure could be performed comfortably without pain and within haemodynamicaly safe parameters. The pain relief could as well be extended to the post operative period. Apart from surgical procedures, pain relief is given for acute & chronic pain relief and for cancer pain.
Another aspect of Anaesthesiolgy is the involvement in critical care, respiratory support and emergency medicine.
To summarize, Anaesthesiology provides a large umbrella which involves clinical anaesthesia, pain & palliative analgesia, critical care, respiratory support and emergency care.
We at Jubilee Mission Medical College are involved all these aspects of Anaesthesiology.
Anaesthesiology department works for 24 hrs all 365 days. From morning 8 a.m. till list is over, routine cases are done simultaneously in the 18 operation theaters available in this hospital. Round the clock anaesthsia cover is available for all emergencies.
To begin with there were no anaesthetist. The year was 1958. The surgeon would manage the anaesthesia himself. However, as the number of cases grew, the surgeon, for peace of his own mind had to look for an anaesthesiologist. A tribe which was in very short supply those days. First they got a person on a visiting basis, for a few days in a week. Later they got one Dr. Bansali from Bombay. He worked here for a year and then left to join his sisters Gynaecology practice. Replacement for Dr.Bansali came by way of two anaesthesiologists - Dr.Uma Desai and Dr. Gool Mistry. Their husbands – Dr. Desai and Dr. Mistry were general surgeons and were a part of the surgery department. This was sheer luxury and emboldened the surgical team to accept and execute major surgical procedures in those days when most hospital would not dare to venture into surgical cases. This put Jubilee Mission Hospital [as it was known then] head and shoulders above other medical institutions.
Dr. Uma Desai left to do private practice in 1983. She was replaced by Dr.James Joseph. Soon they appointed four anaesthetist. Then at regular intervals they appointed qualified people. The department was recognized for training DNB postgraduate course. We could admit two students in a year.
By the year 2000 the idea of converting the hospital into a medical college had taken shape. Recruitment was as per the instructions given by the Medical Council of India. Operation theaters were redesigned, sophisticated equipments of international standards replaced the old ones. A premedication and recovery room was added to the operation theater complex. A total realignment of the department took place. Academics needs were given the priority. Super speciality anaesthesia care was developed. We have a Cardio-thoracic unit doing all cardiac and thoracic surgeries, a neuro surgery complex, a urology complex. This hospital is a recognized centre for ‘Smile Train’ services. Maxillo-facial surgeries are also done routinely.
Pain relief was the other major care that was provided.To begin with a labour anaesthesia unit was started. This was followed by a ‘Pain Clinic’. Then the Ultra Sound guided regional nerve blocks.
Every new drug was taken on trail. Every new procedure was tried.
We have a very modern ICU with all the latest gadgets for monitoring and analyses.
We impart our experience with the rest of our fraternity. We have a yearly CME [continuing medical education] program called “JAI”[Jubilee Anaesthesia Insight] which imparts knowledge on recent trends and also provides valuable 3 to 4 CME credit hours which is mandatory for registration purposes. This progamme is very popular among the anaesthesiologists.
We have two M.D.seats per year. So far two batches i.e. four students have passed out from this institution.
We also have a Diploma and Degree Anaesthesia technicians paramedical course. The combined output of these courses is 35 technicians per year. Most of our technician students are employed in the middle-east countries.
Sky is the limit. But we believe in being humble. Primarily we aspire to be the safest and affordable hospital were service is with a smile. Then we would like to be the most modern department with all the latest technologies available. This will enable the growth of every staff and student working in the department.