Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir in an effort to handle cardiac emergencies at peripheral hospitals on Tuesday has performed thrombolysis on a routine basis across Kashmir Division since 2016.
The spokesman said Thrombolysis is the breakdown of blood clots formed in blood vessels, using medication. It is used in ST-elevation myocardial infarction, stroke, and very large pulmonary embolisms.
The department under its gap analysis initiative has been working on capacity & skill development programmes under which establishment of Kashmir Skills & Simulation Centre, Orientation of Doctors by conducting routine training on medical emergencies & establishment of Emergency Rooms (ERs) was possible.
Timely thrombolysis in case of STEMI (Heart Attack) patients is of utmost significance and DHSK till now have performed 200 thrombolysis in various Emergency Rooms of peripheral hospitals which includes 115 at District Hospital Islamabad, 43 at District Hospital Pulwama, 25 at District Hospital Baramulla & 12 at District Hospital Leh under the supervision of well-trained ER staff.
In order to extend the level of cardiac emergency care to remote areas DHSK has launched “Save Heart Initiative” which aims to minimize loss of time in STEMI patients and encourage timely thrombolysis even at the distant area and at Sub District Hospital(SDH) levels so that myocardium is saved and post MI(Heart Attack) complications and deaths are reduced.