Dr. Sushila Kataria, who treated 14 corona patients, told an effective way to avoid the virus
As we all know, there is a great need to maintain social distancing and hygiene in view of the rapid increase in the number of coronavirus infected persons in India. To know all about how our doctors and hospitals are handling the virus and patients during these trying times, and what precautions we should take in these trying times, we Dr. Sushila Kataria, Senior Director, Department of Internal Medicine, Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon Huhasked some questions about the Corona virus (Coronavirus in Hindi) epidemic.
Here we would like to tell you that Dr. Sushila Kataria and her team have together helped the patients suffering from Corona virus. 14 Italian Patients These cases are among the few initially reported in the country.
Let us know what Dr. Sushila Kataria said on the treatment of corona virus:
Question: What preparations did you make for the treatment of 14 Italian patients suffering from Corona virus?
Answer: To this Dr Sushila replied, “On 4th March, PMO requested Dr Naresh Trehan to admit fourteen Italian coronavirus patients in Medanta, and Dr Trehan talked about this with our team, we all have this problem accepted as a challenge. Initially we thought of completing all the preparations inside the hospital, but the circumstances were such that we had to start the process as soon as possible. Along with this, we also had to keep in mind that due to these corona patients other patients of our hospital should not get infected. Luckily, we had a floor that was vacant and had been recently renovated. In about 5 hours we had to prepare this floor like an isolation room.
We had very little time and during this time we had to make all the protocols and at the same time take care of everyone’s safety. With the help of our team, we were able to do this, and soon the clean and infected areas were identified, and rooms were provided to all the doctors, nurses and other staff doing this work. ,
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Q: How did you come up with all the protocols in such a short time and how did you manage it all?
Answer: On answering this question, Dr. Kataria said – “We first worked on creating a treatment protocol as everything was new. No such case had come before in our hospital. Actually, it takes some time for the symptoms of corona virus infection to appear, and within two to three days of the appearance of symptoms, its symptoms start becoming severe. The same happened with the Italian patients. Within 2-3 days of the onset of symptoms, his symptoms started getting severe. We then created ICU units in isolation wards and then installed telemedicine monitor carts to monitor patients.
Because all these patients were residents of Italy, it was also necessary to inform their relatives. I contacted their embassy and their relatives and told them about the whole incident. After treatment, most of them gradually recovered, and now 13 of them are healthy and have gone back home.
Q: Dr. How much has your routine changed in the midst of all this?
Answer: Talking about the change in his routine, Dr. Kataria said, “My routine has changed a lot during this time. I used to come to the hospital by 8 in the morning. The whole time I avoided meeting the staff in my room, and tried to keep as much distance from them as I could.
After coming to the hospital, I used to put on protective suits and go inside the isolation ward to take care of the corona virus patients, throughout the process checking their health, regular check-ups, telling them about their relatives and giving them the confidence that She used to try to assure that those people would get well soon. All in all it took me close to five hours.
During this entire treatment, I had to shower almost four times a day, especially every time I came out of the isolation ward. During this time I built strong relationships with my patients and staff. Whenever they seemed worried or scared, I would talk to them and answer all their questions. I noticed that patients who had been more restless and anxious were now beginning to feel better. But eventually, they got better, and I’m happy about that. ,
Q: What are the signs, symptoms and possible risks of Corona virus or COVID-19?
Answer: Regarding the signs and symptoms, risk factors of COVID-19, Dr. Kataria says, “Corona virus infected persons present with sore throat, dry cough and low to moderate fever. Most of them get better with time, but in severe cases, the patient’s health starts to decline by the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th day.
They may experience shortness of breath, low blood pressure and may require a ventilator. Dr. Kataria further adds, “In my opinion, age is the biggest factor, on top of that if you have co-morbidities like diabetes etc. then it can be a bit difficult to improve the condition of the patient. In my patients, there were no risk factors such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol. According to him – blood pressure medicines would have helped cure the disease in my patients.”
Q: What challenges did you face throughout the treatment?
Answer: Explaining the challenges, Dr. Sushila said, “In the hospital, we had to do everything from scratch, create protocols for everything, create ICUs in isolation units, 24×7 monitoring of corona patients on ventilators with limited staff to do, which was quite a challenge. I was away from my family full time, even at home I used a separate bedroom and bathroom, and even ate meals away from my family. But my children and husband have been very supportive during this difficult time and have acted very intelligently and supported me completely. ,
Question: What would you like to say about the diagnostic tests and quarantine for corona virus?
Answer: To this, she says, “No lab tests for corona virus without a doctor’s prescription. If you have any symptoms of corona virus, you have to see a doctor first, and only after the doctor has ordered the test, you can get tested. Also, it is important to understand that if you are following all the precautions, you are unlikely to get the infection. Try not to step out of your homes without any work.”
And if you have come back from outside ie any country and you do not have any symptoms of corona virus, then follow the quarantine as a precaution and keep proper distance from your family members.
In addition, home quarantine is for people suspected of coronavirus disease, especially if they have come in contact with an infected patient, or have traveled from one of the infected countries. If the person is showing any symptoms but has tested negative, they will have to remain in quarantine for at least two weeks. They cannot leave their homes and must maintain a distance of at least one meter from all members of the household.
Best would be if they use a separate bedroom and bathroom. Door handles should be cleaned regularly, and the suspect’s clothes and utensils should be washed separately. ,
Read this also in English: Tele/Video consultation with your doctor during home quarantine
Question: What advice would you like to give to avoid corona virus?
Answer: On this, Dr. Kataria says, “The best way to avoid this disease is to take the following precautions in your daily life-
- Wash your hands from time to time with soap and clean water
- hold the soap on your hands for at least 20 seconds
- If there is no water, use a sanitizer
- eat immunity boosting food
- Also follow social distance
- don’t leave the house without talking
- Don’t panic, stay home and stay calm.
People are more worried for fear of disease and are upset. We all have to face this difficult time firmly.
Stay healthy stay safe.
Read this in English also: Staying Calm & At Home Are Key Asserts To Fight Coronavirus Advise By Dr Sushila Kataria, Medanta Hospital
Dr Sushila Kataria
Dr Sushila Kataria is the Senior Director, Department of Internal Medicine at Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon. He has an experience of 19 years in this field.
He completed MBBS from Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma University of Health Sciences Rohtak in 1997, MD in 2001 and PGDMLS from Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences in 2004.
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