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Diabetes Mellitus is a complex disorder that affects several vital organs in the body. We have developed special expertise in dealing with this condition since 2012. It requires lifelong medication and monitoring. Our aim of the centre is to provide reassurance to the diabetics that they can lead a productive life with the patients and their caregivers playing a crucial role to manage and control the disease and prevent its complications. Medicines, Diet, Exercise and Monitoring are the key factors to manage the disease.
1. The blood vessels to the heart can get blocked and there may be a heart attack or heart failure.
2. The blood vessels to the brain may be blocked leading to paralysis (stroke).
3. The blood vessels to the lower limbs may be blocked leading to gangrene. This may lead to amputation of the limb and loss of limb.
4. The retina in the eye can be affected leading to loss of eye sight. Early development of cataract can also cause loss of eye sight.
5. The kidney can be damaged and there may be kidney failure. This may warrant dialysis or kidney transplantation.
6. The nerves in the extremities particularly the lower limbs get damaged. This leads to loss of sensation. So minor injuries to the foot can lead to infection septic foot and may cause threat to limb and life.
At TMH, we care for patients with diabetes in a holistic manner. Our dedicated team of diabetes physicians, dentists, footcare surgeons, physiotherapists, dietitians, nurse educators, nursing team members, technicians and counsellors work together to help patients manage their diabetes, and prevent and treat complications. The focus is on productive life of the patients which would be possible with life style modifications. Patients are encouraged to keep their weight at a desirable level for their height, adopt an appropriate diet and a regular exercise regimen, do away with alcohol and tobacco, and stress. Foot-care is another important aspect covered in education. Patients are taught to inspect their foot on a daily basis to look for sores, corns and skin eruptions and to immediately attend to them to prevent foot ulcers and further complications. They are advised to wear appropriate footwear to suit their conditions. The centre offers annual packages for diabetes care in which all the above aspects are addressed systematically.
Dialysis is a procedure used to treat kidney patients. Kidney failure as a complication of diabetes is a common problem, though there are other causes that lead to it. When the kidneys fail to work properly, dialysis is often used to eliminate waste products and excess fluid from the blood. Dialysis functions as artificial kidneys, it does the job of kidney failure patient’s kidneys which cannot get rid of the toxic substances that it usually does. It involves transferring blood to a machine for the cleaning process and giving blood back to the body. The kidneys normally filter the blood, eliminating toxic waste materials and excess fluid and converting them to urine, which is then transported out of the body.
At our hospital, we have five dialysis units working round the clock.
They are modern units and are maintained extremely well. The centre is staffed with well-qualified and experienced technicians and nurses who work under the overall supervision of the Emergency Consultant. The Centre is adjacent to the emergency department to ensure that immediate care is offered in case of any unforeseen eventuality when the process is going on.
A visiting nephrologist assesses the patients’ conditions periodically and gives suitable advice.
The Centre was started with two units as a community service facility in 2018. It has consistently expanded to five units working 24/7 to cater to the growing demand.