The period of 1990's was celebrated as the decade of 'The Brain'. In India, towards the end of that decade, an initiative was taken by a small group of neuroanaesthesiologists in Delhi to start a neuroanaesthesiology society, where clinicians devoted to this sub-speciality could meet and deliberate. In fact, this was the dream of many practicing neuroanaesthesiologists.
In February 1995, Prof. H. H. Dash, Head of Neuroanaesthesiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, organised the First International Symposium on Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care. That was a very successful meeting and for the first time, anaesthesiologists interested in neuroanaesthesia could interact with many distinguished international faculty. Subsequently, in 1996, Explore More
It is a great honor to take the responsibility as President of Indian Society of Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care (ISNACC). Now, it would be my endeavor to take forward ISNACC towards greater heights. I hope, with the support from the dynamic duo Dr. V Ponniah (Secretary ISNACC) and Dr. Prasanna Bidkar (Treasurer ISNACC) and other Governing Council members, I will be able to achieve the goals set by the Society, during my tenure.
As I take responsibility as President of ISNACC, my immediate focus will be on the following areas
• To increase awareness about ISNACC among anesthesiologists practicing Neuroanaesthesia
Our focus shallbe to spread awareness regarding ISNACC inthe states where the society membership count is low. Our objective will be to try and induct new members into the society from these states. We shall support and encourage budding neuro-anesthesiologists to participate in the academic activities carried out by ISNACC. This will be beneficialas it will lead to improvement in patient care.I request all members to participate actively in this drive. It would be extremely useful if the members can share the work undertaken by theISNACC society with their friends and colleagues. The members can also share the names and contact details of potential candidates and the society shall take it forward from there
• To diversify the roles and responsibilities of neuro-anesthesiologists in neurocritical care.
Our responsibilitywill not be limited to taking care of the neurosurgical patient in the intraoperative period. We will beactively focusing our attentionin the area of neurocritical care of patients. ISNACC has recently encouraged launch of Neurocritical Care Society of India (NCSI). We all need to collaborate and work together to improve neurocritical care in India,and bring it at par with the International standards.
• Collaboration in research studies
Researchhas always been an integral part of our academic curriculum. Majority of the members are doing research individually. The need of the hour is to collaborate and carry out multicentric trials within our country.The resultsfromsuch studies would be more relevant inIndian context. Many of us participate actively in international trials; it is now time to do the same for the Indian patient population. ISNACCencourages multicentric trials originating from India.We plan to introduce a dedicated research tab on our ISNACC website where we can all share our researches with all the members of the society.We will also be maintaining a database of all the shared researches carried out by the ISNACC members and their outcomes which will help in proper dissipation of newknowledgeacquired of Neuroanaesthesia and Neurocritical care based on the research. It is my humble request to all the members of the society to please come forward and provide their valuable suggestions so as to keep the wheels of improvement running for ISNACC.
Currently, we are facing an unprecedented scenario of Corona virus infection. The COVID-19 pandemic is staring at the world and is likely to affect India in epic proportions. Some of the developed nations have already faced the wrath of this infectious disease and are still trying to cope with it. COVID-19 has surpassed more than 5,50,000 worldwide with more than 25, 000 death. In India, more than 1000 positive cases and 26 deaths have been reported till date. With non-availability ofany vaccine, the only effective way to flatten the curve of transmission is byisolation, socialdistancing, frequent hand wash, andother personal protective measures. Many reports indicate that the SARS-CoV2 virus particles reside in airway and thus, could be a significant source of transmission. This characteristic of the virussubjects the healthcare professionals, who manage airway, at high risk. In this context, I urge all of you to protect yourself by strict adherence to available National advisories and Airway management guidelines.
We pray for safety of all the citizens of our beloved country.
Nidhi Bidyut Panda, MD PGIMER, Chandigarh