19 February, 2021

Kerala’s first Apex Trauma and Emergency Learning Centre inaugurated at Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram, February 19, 2021: Kerala’s first Apex Trauma and Emergency Learning Centre (ATELC) — a centre of excellence in trauma care — was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Kerala, Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan, at the Government Medical College in the city, in the presence of the Health Minister of Kerala, Mrs. K.K. Shailaja, the Health Secretary to the Government of Kerala, Mr. Rajan Khobragade, and the Chief Executive Officer of Tata Trusts, Mr. N. Srinath.

The centre of excellence, set up by the State Government and supported by Tata Trusts in partnership with the Care Institute of Health sciences (CIHS), will train doctors, nurses, and paramedics and impart skills to enable them to handle emergency cases efficiently.

The project commenced in July, 2019, following an MoU between the Government of Kerala and Tata Trusts, with CIHS as the partner, as a part of building a comprehensive trauma management system in the State.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. N. Srinath, said, "Capacity to manage Emergencies and Trauma Care effectively is a critical need in the public health system. Tata Trusts has pioneered capacity building in India in diverse fields of health care. In keeping with our role, we are happy to have partnered with the Government of Kerala which is taking a lead in developing a comprehensive ecosystem through the ATELC to bring speed and sharpness of response in Trauma and Emergency Care.”

The training technique includes a simulation-based system – using sophisticated and advanced mannequins, debriefing software solutions, learning management system, and smart classroom technology etc.

The project has adopted a train-the-trainer model for doctors, nurses, paramedics, identified and nominated by the State government. These trainers, after completing their training, will be posted in strategic locations to extend emergency and trauma care as per standardised processes, as developed by the Centre.

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