This is Usha Periyanayagam, guest posting on the blog.
The following day I visited the Trauma center in AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences). The trauma center and the emergency department actually two entirely different buildings. The trauma center was a staffed only by surgeons and approximately 1 km away from the emergency department. It was a new building and an impressive political achievement for New Delhi.
We actually started in their Sim lab with an ultrasound lecture. Their teaching center reminded me of our teaching center in medical school.
We then arrived at the entrance to the Trauma bay. The trauma bay was organized very differently than our bay. With the green and yellow areas, lower risk traumatic patients were mainly managed by NP/midlevels and the resuscitation bay of approximately 8 bays contained the sicker trauma patients. Unlike the EM system in the US, patient were usually triaged to the lowest level of care and then up triaged as necessary.
The fast track area of the trauma bay.
Overall a productive visit to the Trauma center. It was an amazingly well managed and relatively well resourced center. Definitely a different experience than the US.