“As the ecosystem for startups in India is evolving we have a moral responsibility to help them thrive through infusion of capital, access to clinicians, and guidance in product development.” Read this article where Dr Aravindan Selvaraj MS FRCS Ortho, Co Founder and Executive Director shares his thoughts on the Medtech and Digital health.
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Kauvery Hospital co-founder Dr Aravindan Selvaraj appointed Chairman of ASSOCHAM TN
Dr. Aravindan Selvaraj, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Kauvery Hospital has been appointed as Chairman, ASSOCHAM Tamil Nadu State Development Council 2022-23.
Dr Selvaraj said he is happy to be part of a century-old association like ASSOCHAM, which has played a key role in the development of the Indian economy and thanked the executive Board Members for appointing him in this position.
Kauvery Hospital to provide wearable biosensor patches to patients
Kauvery Hospital has proposed to adopt a wearable device to remotely monitor patients shifted from intensive care unit to the wards. A wireless biosensor patch that is attached to the patient’s chest to monitor vital signs such as the ECG, respiratory rate temperature, oxygen levels and issues alerts, enabling doctors to treat the patient in an emergency.
Sri Lankan national undergoes live donor liver transplant at Kauvery Hospital
A 55-year-old Sri Lankan national, diagnosed with liver failure and liver cancer, recently underwent liver transplant at Kauvery Hospital here.
Abdul Wahid of Kandy, Sri Lanka, was advised a liver transplant following an organ failure. Though several of his relatives offered to donate, the hospital identified his 42-year-old younger sister Rifka as a suitable donor.
Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital performs successful paediatric liver transplants
A girl aged 4 years from Arakkonam, Chennai, and a boy aged 2 years from West Bengal, who were brought to Kauvery Hospital Chennai, were diagnosed to have liver diseases that needed a liver transplant at the earliest, to save their lives.
Speaking on the transplant procedure, Dr Elankumaran K, Senior Consultant & Head – Liver Disease and Transplantation Centre said, “The first child, a 4-year-old girl was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder which can be cured only through a liver transplant. After evaluation, her mother was found to be the suitable donor. The transplant was performed successfully and all underlying conditions were treated.
Doctors implant device to treat boy with COVID-19 myocarditis
Doctors of Kauvery Hospital treated an 18-year-old boy, who suffered from COVID-19 myocarditis, with a device that helps in pumping out oxygenated blood, giving rest to the heart while maintaining blood flow to other organs in the body.
Launching the “Impella Heart Recovery Programme”, R. Anantharaman, senior consultant, cardiologist, Kauvery Hospital, said that when a person suffered a cardiogenic shock due to heart attack or myocarditis, he/she is usually given medications to increase the heart rate and blood pressure. This, in turn, could affect the heart adversely and deteriorate its condition.
COVID-19 patient with 100% lung involvement treated at Chennai hospital
A 35-year-old COVID-19 patient, with 100% lung involvement, has recovered after treatment by doctors at Kauvery Hospital.
In a release to the media, the hospital said that the patient, a resident of Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, had tested positive for COVID-19 and a CT scan showed 100% lung involvement.
Sridhar, Consultant Intensivist and Head of Critical Care at the hospital, said that the patient was brought to the hospital in a critical state. “We immediately ventilated him in the prone position and performed a tracheostomy early on. He was initially too weak to even turn himself from one side to the other side of the bed. He was gradually weaned off from the ventilator and underwent daily physiotherapy, including taking a few steps while connected to the ventilator, until his activity level improved,” he said.
Kauvery Hospital launches free heart checks across TN
On the occasion of World Heart Day, Kauvery Hospital launched free heart-check services across Tamil Nadu to identify cardiac risks and abnormalities in people below 50 years of age. A total of 370 persons attended the camps in Chennai on Wednesday, out of which 18 were identified for cardiac risk, first-time diagnosis, and 10 people were put on a Holter monitor, a 24-hour test to track heart rate and rhythm.
The campaign was launched by PK Sekar Babu, Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department and Dr Ezhilan, Member of the Legislative Assembly. The hospital is planning to conduct such free camps every month in different places across the State, said Dr Ananthraman, senior consultant, Interventional Cardiologist, Kauvery Hospital, Chennai.
MS Dhoni roped in as brand ambassador by Kauvery Group of Hospitals
Kauvery Group of Hospitals has roped in former India captain and Chennai Super Kings captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, as its brand ambassador. According to a press release, Kauvery Hospitals is a new age family hospital with multi speciality clinical expertise. It is currently a 1,500 bed hospital group with its presence in Chennai, Tiruchi, Hosur, Salem and Bengaluru in addition to a planned entry in new markets.
Manivannan Selvaraj, Managing Director, Kauvery Group of Hospitals said, “Dhoni, who rose from a smaller town and achieved greater heights is similar to Kauvery’s journey. We started with a 30 bedded hospital in Tiruchi and now we are a 1,500 bedded strong group with branches across Tamil Nadu and Bengaluru working towards the mission of delivering quality healthcare at affordable cost.”
Man with multiple disorders undergoes procedure
A 59-year-old man was recently treated in a city hospital for multiple disorders, including aneurysm, seizures and thrombus. The man had speech impairment, expressed a pulling sensation in his right hand and his tongue was folding inwards, indicating that he was undergoing a seizure, which an ECG confirmed later.
Aravindan Selvaraj, hospital co-founder and executive director said: “Our centre of excellence for neurology offers best-in-class treatment, opting for people with any neurological complication and the neuro-intensive care unit with state-of-the-art facilities provides utmost care and rehabilitation for patients.”
Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital declares complete self-reliance on in-house oxygen supply
Kauvery Hospital, a multi-speciality hospital in Chennai, has taken a proactive step to ensure no shortfall in providing seamless care for patients. It has installed two large Oxygen generation (PSA) units within the premises, as of April 2021. During peak times, the units together (each unit or both) supplied Oxygen for more than 250 COVID-19 patients, fulfilling 60% of the total Oxygen requirements, in a short span of two months since the installation of the new technology. As a leading healthcare chain, the installation of Oxygen generation units is a step towards building a resilient healthcare system with efficient management and round-the-clock availability of critical resources to those who require it.
Quality Care at Kauvery
The dreams of doctor promoters, who were driven to launch a 30-bed critical care set-up, paved the way for Kauvery Medical Centre. Twenty-one years later, the 30-bed critical care centre is now a colossal 1,200+ bed multispeciality hospital chain operating out of five locations — Tiruchy, Chennai, Salem, Hosur and Bengaluru — with seven hospitals under its wing offering exemplary secondary as well as tertiary care for all.
The Kauvery journey is a tale of two decades. The first decade of Kauvery Hospital’s growth was propelled by Tiruchy. With three hospitals being established in Tiruchy – Tennur, Cantonment, and Heartcity, Kauvery Hospital established a strong sense of trust and loyalty for offering expert and compassionate healthcare services.
Chennai hospital recommends music for recovering Covid patients
On World Music Day, which falls on June 21, Kauvery Hospitals, which is observing the day, wants to promote the message that music therapy can aid in improving the overall health of an individual. It’s said that music heals, and now doctors in Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital say that music really helps improve the mental health of recovering Covid-19 patients.
Kauvery Hospital Successfully Performs Kidney Transplant on a 35-year-old Woman
A 35-year-old woman, who recovered from COVID-19 recently, underwent a renal transplant at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai. Her mother, who donated her kidney, also recovered from the infection recently. The Madurai-based patient had come to Chennai for management of chronic kidney failure. The patient was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy, which led to a deterioration in kidney function, necessitating immediate transplant. The patient’s mother offered to donate a kidney.
The hospital’s chief nephrologist, R. Balasubramaniyam, said just as the investigation to check for compatibility and eligibility was completed, the women developed COVID-19 symptoms. Their CT scans were normal and hence, they were placed under home quarantine. After recovery, they were tested for antibody levels, which indicated “they were well-protected from further COVID-19. We then went ahead with the transplant procedure,” Dr. Balasubramaniyam said.
The transplant was successful. The donor was discharged three days after the procedure and the patient was discharged after six days.
Tamil Nadu's First SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Cocktail Treatment for COVID-19 begins at Kauvery Hospital
A new entrant into the treatment portfolio of COVID-19 in India is the cocktail formulation of Mono Clonal Antibodies (MCAb). This treatment is offered to patients early in the evolution of COVID, in the phase of active multiplication of the virus in the body. That is invariably within ten days of the onset of the earliest symptoms of COVID-19. This timely intervention can reduce or even avoid the need for hospitalization by 70 percent.
Kauvery Hospital, one of the leading healthcare chains in Tamil Nadu, has kick started the antibody cocktail treatment. A COVID-19 patient with mild symptoms has already been the first to receive this treatment. The individual was cancer patient with newly diagnosed of early onset of renal failure, and therefore at high risk of serious complications of COVID.
Kauvery Hospital successfully treats 63-year-old woman with advanced abdominal cancer through HIPEC
Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital successfully treated a 63-year-old woman with an advanced stage of appendiceal cancer (peritoneal cancer) through surgery (Debulking Surgery & Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)). The procedure involves pumping heated chemotherapy drug into the abdominal cavity, to act upon the cancer cells which are not visible to the naked eye.
Preventing heart disease
Dr K.P. Suresh Kumar,
Kauvery Hospital, Chennai
Heart disease is increasing at an alarming rate in India, and unfortunately, awareness levels about the same are appallingly low. Dr K.P. Suresh Kumar, chief cardiologist at Kauvery Hospital, Chennai, says, “India is the diabetes capital of the world. It is the same with hypertension (high blood pressure). Every third adult in India is hypertensive. And only 33 per cent of those who are hypertensive are aware of it.” And to make matters worse, he adds, “Again, of that group, only 33 per cent get treatment, and of that 33 per cent, only one-third of them have it under control.” Indians, especially south Indians, are more vulnerable to coronary heart disease at a young age and in middle age, he says.
These are very worrying statistics. Also, 66 per cent of diabetics have hypertension, while almost 50 per cent of people with high blood pressure have diabetes. Hypertension is one of the prime contributors to heart disease. “A huge volume of patients remains untreated, and they all develop complications of hypertension,” says the doctor.
Woman with a rare tumour undergoes successful surgery at Kauvery Hospital
Doctors at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai have successfully operated on a 56-year-old woman to remove a rare kind of tumour from a major blood vessel closely associated with the liver.
Congratulating the team, Aravindan Selvaraj, co-founder and executive director of the hospital, said that liver diseases were a leading cause of deaths in India and highly skilled medical professionals and state-of-the-art infrastructure were needed in treating complex diseases.
Liver Diseases and Transplantation Centre launched at Kauvery Hospital
Kauvery Hospital has built a dedicated and exclusive center for Liver Diseases and Transplant with an entire floor for Liver Dialysis, Kidney Dialysis, HEPAFilter, Positive Pressure Room and Sterile Corridor.
Photo Caption: (Left to Right) Dr Iyappan Ponusamy, Medical Director Kauvery Hospital, Dr Aravindan Selvaraj , Co Founder and Executive Director Kauvery Hospital Chennai and Dr Elankumaran Head of Liver Diseases Transplantation & Hepatobiliary Surgery, Kauvery Hospital Chennai with the liver transplantation patients and donors during the Launch of Liver Diseases and Transplantation Centre.
Diabetes Helpline launched at Kauvery Hospital
Kauvery Hospital launched a Diabetes Helpline +91 88802 88802 to help the public achieve optimum management of diabetes during these pandemic times. This 24×7 helpline will address all queries related to diabetes management – diagnosis, life style modification, diet, drugs, and prevention of complications.
Photo Caption: (Left to Right) Dr Iyappan Ponnuswamy, Medical Director, Kauvery Hospital; Dr Sivaram Kannan, Chief Physician, Department of Internal Medicine, Kauvery Hospital; Dr K Baraneedharan, Senior Consultant Diabetology, Kauvery Hospital; Y Azitha, Nurse Educator, Kauvery Hospital; Dr B Nivetha, Registrar, Department of Diabetology, Kauvery Hospital; Ms Yamini Prakash, Senior Nutritionist, Kauvery Hospital; Nasreen Fathima, Diabetes Coordinator at the launch of Diabetes Helpline Number. The service will help the public achieve optimum management of Diabetes during these pandemic times and stay safe.