Ispat General Hospital (IGH) run by Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) is the largest Specialty Hospital in Western Odisha and patients with different life-threatening ailments are given the best of treatment here.
Keeping with this reputation, a team of Specialists at IGH, led by Dr. AK Singh, Director In-charge (M&HS) and comprising two others, Dr. SKR Prusty, Jt. Director and Dr. RB Patnaik, Sr. Deputy Director, implanted a Dual Chamber Pacemaker on Mr. BD Sethi aged 59 years and working as a Senior Technician in the Refractories Department of RSP on 4th August, 2014.
The patient was suffering from Diabetes Melitus and Hypertension and had developed giddiness for which he was admitted to IGH at 1.30 am on 1st August. He had 3 to 4 episodes of blackouts in the previous 2 to 3 weeks. ECG showed complete heart block and within one hour of his admission, a temporary pacemaker was fixed and the patient was stabilized.
It was decided to implant a Dual Chamber Pacemaker as it is the most physiological pacemaker with both atrial and ventricular pacing technique. It allows the patient to do extra physical work apart from his day-to-day activities. It also promotes synchrony between both chambers of the heart. After the implant, Mr. BD Sethi is doing well.
It may be mentioned here that the pacemaker implantation at IGH on the youngest patient finds mention in the Limca Book of Records.
Apart from implantation of pacemakers, IGH also specializes in the removal of foreign bodies from the lungs and stomach of patients through the techniques of bronchoscopy and upper GI endoscopy respectively. In recent days, oesophagus stents are being implanted for patients with cancer of the oesophagus in cases which are not operable.