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Satellite hospitals save critical patients

Update: November, 13/2015 - 23:20
Doctors at northern Phu Tho Province's General Hospital successfully carried out surgeries and saved patients suffering from heart rhythm disorders. — Photo vietnamplus.vn

PHU THO (VNS) — Doctors at northern Phu Tho Province's General Hospital successfully carried out surgeries and saved patients suffering from heart rhythm disorders via high frequency waves.

Director of Phu Tho's General Hospital, Nguyen Huy Ngoc said the hospital co-ordinated with the Heart Institute of Bach Mai Hospital to transfer the technique of using high frequency waves to study heart electrophysiology and successfully operate on the first three patients.

Senior doctor, Tran Van Dong, of the Heart Institute, said patients suffering from this disease once had to use the anti-heart rhythm disorder medicine, but the symptoms often recurred.

Using high frequency waves to study heart electrophysiology would help to radically treat heart rhythm disorders in patients, Dong said.

This method was safe with a 95 per cent to 98 per cent success rate in operations, and it helped to save time and money as compared to drug therapy, Dong said.

Head of the Cardiology Department of Phu Tho's General Hospital, Nguyen Thi Thu Huong said rhythm disorder recurred when patients stopped using medicine. In addition, using medicine over a prolonged period could cause other diseases.

The new technique was an optimised choice for the patients in radical treatment of heart rhythm disorder and the use of this technique in Phu Tho's General Hospital would help to ease the overload of the central hospitals, Huong said.

In another case, the southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province-based Ba Ria Hospital saved a person whose heart stopped after he was electrocuted.

Le Van Phuc, 26, Tan Hung Commune, Ba Ria city suffered an electric shock, fell down in a nearby fish pond and lost consciousness on Tuesday.

He was then rushed to the hospital with his pulse and blood pressure falling to zero and he stopped breathing.

Doctors conducted endotracheal intubation, applied an electric shock to the exterior of the chest, which helped his heart to beat again, but the patient again lost consciousness and suffered from rhythm disorder.

The patient was then provided with breathing and respiratory equipment, an anti-rhythm disorder drug, and a vasomotor drug, and was put on a catheter.

Phuc recovered and was discharged from hospital, Head of Ba Ria Hospital's Rehabilitation Department, Tran Thanh Dat said.

Dat said this patient was saved thanks to the co-ordination of doctors of the emergency and rehabilitation departments. — VNS

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