Oct 20 : The super speciality department of Nephrology in the Father Muller Medical College Hospital has enhanced its dialysis capacity with the addition of 3 state of the art dialysis machines inducted into the fleet of dialysis machines. The requirement for the same was felt with the ever increasing number of dialysis cases and the shortage of beds, even though the dialysis unit runs in three shifts.

With these new machines, the number of dialysis stations in the hospital increases to 30. The new machines come from a reputed Japanese company called Nipro. The SURDIAL 55 plus machine is a machine with advanced safety features. It has got a turnable touch screen user interface for easy handling by the care provider. This compact designed machine weighs 72kg and has a battery backup of 30 minutes. It is equipped with advanced features like volumetric control, sequential ultrafiltration, single needle dialysis, conductivity profiling, Dose check and blood leak detector.

The machines were inducted into the dialysis unit on 19/10/21. Fr Richard Coelho, the Director of FMCI blessed the machines and the dialysis unit. Fr Rudolph Ravi D’SA, Administrator of the Hospital cut the ribbon and pronounced the machines are part of the care and service of the hospital. Fr Ajith Menezes, Admin FMMC and Asst Admin’s Fr Nelson, Fr Jeevan were present during the ceremony. Dr J P Alva, Dean FMMC; Dr UdayKumar, Medical Superintendent FMMCH; Dr Kishan Shetty, Dy Medical Superintendent FMMCH; graced the occasion. Sr Janet, CNO and Molly Dias Dialysis unit Incharge were present during the ceremony. Dr Amith D’Souza, Professor Nephrology welcomed the gathering and Dr Manjunath J, Professor and Head of Nephrology gave the vote of thanks.

The Department of Nephrology at Father Muller Hospital provides excellent dialysis care to patients suffering from kidney failure at affordable cost. Being the largest dialysis care provider in the city of Mangalore, the dialysis unit handles outpatient, inpatient and intensive care dialysis. The unit works 24 into 7. With new machines, the quality of patient care provided by the hospital will improve further.

Fr Rudolph Ravi D’SA, Administrator of the Hospital poured out his sentiments on the occasion, thanking the Director and the procurement teams to get the units in record time of 1 week. As soon the need was felt by the department, the management left no stone unturned to help its patients. He appreciated the unit for function as a “family” rather than as a unit. The department not only empathizes with its patients but takes them as their own, thus patients become part of the dialysis family. He thanked the patients too for their support and goodwill in making the unit a priceless part of the Father Muller Charitable Institutions.

The Father Muller Medical College Hospital has proven time and again that even a Charitable Institution can strive for continued improvement in patient care and this has been recorded in the closing remarks of many accreditation bodies that have recently visited the hospital. “Heal and Comfort”, the motto runs high, in continued and stronger zeal of service to God’s children. 

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