The history of Burns and Plastic surgery services in Nepal was started in Bir hospital. The separate Burns and Plastic surgery unit was established in the year 1998 AD. It was proposed by Dr Keshav Das Joshi, senior consultant plastic surgeon. In his endeavor the first organized Burn Unit was established in 2000 A.D. with 10 beds including intensive care services in Bir hospital. The burns services are present need but there was no any thought or proposal for its upgrading. Upgrading of burns and plastic surgery is a need of the country. This unit is only a hope of the entire nation for burns and plastic surgery services in a minimum/free of cost.
The Burns and Plastic Surgery Unit have its two different wards for specialized services: Acute Adult Burn Ward and Plastic Surgery ward (Male and Female). Nurses and other staffs of this unit are trained and competent within burns and plastic surgery to care the patients. Many of them have specialist skills to provide special care.
Acute Burn ward is a comprehensive ward with an intensive care ward and separate room for each patient. There are two operative theatres but only one is in function due to lack of human resources. We operate twice a week, once a week for major surgery and the other day for intermediate and minor surgery. We run out- patients clinic twice a week.
We are also creating public awareness on burn prevention to reduce the burn incidence through NGOs / Press. Burn Victim Survivor Nepal is one of our friends to support in various works and services.
Most of the hospitals in Nepal are either deficient or absent in facilities to treat burn injury. Patients with major burn injury need immediate specialized care to minimize morbidity, mortality and disabilities but it is lacking in Nepal. Every year more than 50 thousand people suffer from various types of burn injuries and most of them lose their life and rests are forced to survive with lifelong trauma. So time has come to upgrade the services of burns and plastic surgery in Bir Hospital and to make these services out of Kathmandu.
Patient of trauma who are in need of reconstructive services, skin cancer, post burn deformities and general plastic surgery cases are admitted in plastic surgery ward. Plastic surgery unit provides the general and reconstructive plastic surgery as per need.
The plastic surgery ward is taken care by the nurses and assistant staffs of the Urosurgery , Gastrosurgery and Paying surgery ward . There are no separate nurses for plastic surgery. The unit is facing lots of difficulties to maintain the services with existing human resource and facilities.
Total allocated beds only for burns and platic surgery unit: 19 beds. Other patients can be admitted in Paying surgery ward and Private cabins. Specified beds are:
Acute Burn ward: 3 Intensive care beds and 6 sepate cabins
Plastic SurgeryWard: Male: these are general beds .5 (Five) beds; Female: 5 (Five beds)
Reconstructive surgery and cases with skin tumor are admitted in the plastic surgery ward. There are nine beds for acute burns. Plastic surgery cases can be admitted in paying surgical wards.
|Doctor (Plastic Surgeon)||One (1)|
There are no any nursing staffs for plastic surgery ward. The nursing care is provided by Nurses on duty of separate ward.
The need for an upgraded ward within the Burns Unit for patients coming in the emergency department of Bir hospital has become an urgent need. It should be tackled immediately to save many burn victims. So we recommend the following suggestions to upgrade Burns and Plastic Surgery Unit.
BVS Nepal, Royal Perth Hospital Australia; Rotary International and friends of Bir Hospital Burns and Plastic Surgery Unit
Dr Peeyush Dahal
Burns & Plastic Surgery Unit