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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 7-8  

The President's inaugural address during ISACON 2014, on 28 th December 2014 at Madurai

President ISA, 2014

Date of Web Publication16-Jan-2015

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SSC Chakra Rao
President ISA, 2014

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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5049.149440

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Rao SC. The President's inaugural address during ISACON 2014, on 28 th December 2014 at Madurai. Indian J Anaesth 2015;59:7-8

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Ladies and gentleman,

Since the last 15 years, my maximum effort has been directed towards raising the standards of anaesthesia, as well as the position of anaesthesiologists among the medical fraternity and the society at large. I am now completing 1-year of the presidency of the much esteemed Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists, having started right from the grass roots level. During my tenure as Secretary of ISA, I worked with utmost dedication to give shape to my dreams and I succeeded in bringing about several changes. During the 1-year of my term as President, I worked whole-heartedly to bring about many significant changes in society. The popularity of the ISA and membership has increased by leaps and bounds. About 5500 persons voted online this year, which is a record in itself. You will be surprised to know I managed to cover about 50 places for association functions round the year and I am fortunate to have been received with so much love and affection everywhere.

Friends, I have tried to do my best, but there are still many milestones to be achieved. My first priority is to make the public aware of the importance of anaesthesia and role played by anaesthesiologists in management of patients. For this, personal contact with the people is important. I have repeatedly requested my fellow colleagues to insist on pre- and post-operative evaluation and exposure to the patients. Unless we do it, nobody will identify us and our services. We should try to create the environment where the patient demands to know about the anaesthesiologist involved and the type of anaesthesia being provided to him from the hospital or the surgeon concerned.

It is my utmost desire that like other consultants, the anaesthesiologists should have the power to admit patients. We are fully capable of assessing the need for admission in cases of trauma, pain, surgical problem, etc. We manage the patients after admission by other specialists in intensive care units (ICUs). We should also be able to admit them ourselves in ICUs and for surgical cases as we already do for pain clinics. Let us bring about a revolution, starting first from the government hospitals, where we sit as consultants in out-patient area and emergency and advise patients in our jurisdiction, as per their requirement. If we try hard enough I am certain we shall succeed.

The shortage of anaesthesiologists is a global phenomenon, but it is time to analyse and solve the problem. Anaesthesia should be introduced to the budding doctors at MBBS level in our country, so that they develop an interest in the subject and choose to become anaesthesiologists. It is our long pending demand to the Medical Council of India (MCI) to make anaesthesia an independent subject in MBBS curriculum. The DNB board should start 2 years diploma courses in anaesthesia in hospitals where there are no MD and DA seats, similar to GMC pattern, UK. This should solve the problem of shortage of anaesthesiologists to a great extent. I request all the members to join hands to achieve this goal.

Every day we hear about deaths due to negligence in anaesthesia often provided by non-qualified doctors or even non-medical persons. Many casualties occur due to ill-equipped operation theatres. Protocols for safe anaesthesia and safe surgery practice are violated openly. In my opinion, we should propose to the Government to authorize ISA to inspect all OTs and ICUs and certify them just like MCI inspects Medical Colleges and certifies them. Non-qualified doctors are providing anaesthesia often use drugs such as ketamine, which are banned from routine use, leading to many casualties. I strongly feel that the Government should release an order for penalizing non-skilled doctors providing anaesthesia, including cancellation of their medical registration.

We are following the guidelines of other societies in protocols for different types of anaesthetic procedures and management of diseases. However, conditions in our setup are very different, and we have to work with several handicaps. So it is my proposal that we should constitute different panels of experts in our field for making protocols and guidelines of our own.

Labour pain is the most excruciating pain, which is silently suffered by parturients, as they do not have the option of painless labour here, unlike the west where 50% of the parturient opt for it. I appeal to all my anaesthesia brothers to make painless labour popular here as well. I will request the government authorities to make painless labour clinics mandatory in all tertiary care hospitals.

I am happy to announce that the Indian Journal of Anaesthesia will become a monthly issue from January 2015 onwards in line with many international journals. This will help to accommodate more articles from our members.

I am happy to inform you that due to my intense desire and continuous efforts, HMRI and ISA will be starting BLS and ACLS training course in India. I am trying to reduce the fees, which HMRI is charging in other places, by half. We will issue certificates of this training.

Shortly American scientists and doctors will visit Guntur to negotiate with us regarding training and exchange programs. I am hopeful of succeeding in my efforts of giving young anaesthetists a chance of exposure to the developments worldwide.

With due apologies, I want to inform the August gathering that the task for which ICA was formed remains unfulfilled. I propose to start a new ISA College of Anaesthesiologists fully run by ISA under its banner. All members of ISA will automatically be members of the college. We will discuss this in GC meeting and try to implement it as soon as possible.

This is my concluding address as President of our association; I have tried to come up to your expectation, and I have always thought about welfare of anaesthesiologists. I will serve this association till my last breath; I breathe with the association and will die with the association.

Long Live ISA!


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