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Focus on patient, say experts

Posted on Nov 29, 09:47PM | UNI

Experts, participating in an international seminar here on today, stressed on the need for focusing on the patients safety rather than concentrating too much on the technological developments adopted for diagnosis and treatment management.

Dr K Mohandas, Vice-Chancellor, Kerala University of Health Sciences, who inaugurated the conference said technology, which has made revolutionary changes,should not be allowed to get precedence over senses and doctors should keep in mind that the 'technology is an extension of our senses.' The international conference was organized by Sri Balaji Vidhyapeeth University in association with Royal College of Physicians and surgeons, Glasgow, UK.

Dr Mohandas said doctors should not ignore the human aspect while treating a patient.

"With increasing specialisation, the concentration on the modalities and management of the disease has taken priority and the patient as a human being is progressively getting ignored," he said and added that the need is to shift the focus back to patient's safety.

Ian Anderson, president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr D R Gunasekaran, Vice Chancellor of the Balaji Vidhyapeeth University, Dr Muthurangan, Dean of the Mahatma Gnadhi Medical College and Research Institue addressed the gathering at the inaugural session.

Prof M Ravishankar, head of anaesthesiology and Dr V N Mahalakshmi, paediatric surgeon are spearheading the organization of the conference. About 45 delegates and over 60 resource people from UK, Australia,Malaysia and Bangladesh are taking part in the conference.