On Continuing Medical Education (CME) on the ST- Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI)

Victor Hospital,Malbhat,Goa in association with Goa Medical College,Bambolim and Hospicio Hospital,Margao conducted a Continuing Medical Education (CME) on the ST – Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) Management Training Programme.

The CME was well attended by the Consultants and Resident Doctors of the participating hospitals.The function started with an opening address by the Director of Victor Hospital,Mr Varun Albuquerque who mentioned the importance of the STEMI programme wherein medical facilities are easily accessible to patients within the golden hour.Victor Hospital is the only tertiary referral centre for Cardiology in South Goa with 24 X 7 availbility of Cardiologists,Cath lab Services and Intensive Care Units.

Dr. Jyoti Kusnur,Consultant Interventional Cardiologist,Victor Hospital was the first speaker of the day.She threw light on the interventional management of STEMI by highlighting some of the difficult Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA) case studies undertaken at Victor Hospital.These cases were of great learning experience for all the doctors who attended the CME.

Early angiography intervention in the treatment of Acute Myocardial Infarction(MI) helps to save mortality.Victor Hospital aims at providing quick Ambulance Services and availability of Cardiologists round the clock to prevent death from Acute MI.

Dr. Kanha Vijay Singru,Consultant Senior Interventional Cardiologist,Victor Hospital spoke about timing issues in STEMI.He emphasized reducing the time period to avail emergency treatment for patients with MI.

The 3rd Speaker for the day was Dr. Guruprasad Naik,Senior Cardiologist and Head of the Department,Goa Medical College who along with Dr. Edward D’Mello(Senior Physician Hospicio Hospital) updated the doctors on the STEMI programme implemented by Government of Goa.The STEMI programme works on Hub and Spokes Model,where patients with chest pain are evaluated at the nearby Primary Health Centre(PHC) by trained doctors.On evaluation,if the patient is found to have Acute MI then the patient is thrombolysed and referred for Coronary Angiography (CAG) to tertiary centres like GMC and Victor Hospital.

The CME ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. D’Mello.

The CME ended with dinner and fellowship.

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