INDIA –Apollo Hospitals has opened a unique multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence for Diabetic Foot Management (CoEDFM) for diabetic patients who are known to be prone to foot-related ailments at its Jubilee Hills location.

In collaboration with King’s College Hospital in London, Apollo Hospitals will offer a novel Diabetic Foot Reconstruction & Management procedure for the first time in India to patients at the Centre of Excellence for Diabetic Foot Management at Apollo Hospitals.

Dr. Venu Kavarthapu, a world-renowned orthopedic surgeon and consultant at King’s College Hospital in London, invented this new procedure.

CoEDFM will use a multidisciplinary treatment protocol for diabetic foot ailments, which can be traumatic and life-threatening.

Apollo Hospitals has assembled a team of specialists, including podiatric surgeons, vascular surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, infectious disease specialists, physical therapists, and orthotists, to provide comprehensive and holistic care to diabetics’ most feared problem.

To ensure a functional leg, ankle, and foot, the team will work collaboratively to address medical optimization, arterial perfusion, and infection eradication.

The new technique employs the international fixation method, which includes the use of special devices such as beams, bolts, and specially designed plates and nails.

Prof Venu Kavarthapu at King’s College Hospital in London developed these techniques and designed some devices, which resulted in significant improvements in success rates.

The specialists at Apollo Hospitals, Jubilee Hills’ Centre of Excellence for Diabetic Foot Management have acquired the necessary reconstruction skills and specialized technologies to perform these complex surgeries with great finesse and help diabetic patients to alleviate their suffering.

Bharti Airtel has collaborated with Apollo Hospitals and Cisco to develop a 5G-connected ambulance outfitted with cutting-edge medical equipment, patient monitoring applications, and telemetry devices that send real-time health data to the hospital.

In other latest developments, the custom-designed state-of-the-art ambulance displayed in Bengaluru is also outfitted with onboard cameras, camera-based headgear, and bodycams for paramedic staff – all of which are linked to the ultra-fast and low-latency Airtel 5G network.

It will be enhanced further with technologies such as AR/VR.

The high-speed, low-latency 5G network relays each ambulance’s geo-location to the hospital’s command center, ensuring that the closest ambulance reaches the critical patient in order to save the patient’s golden hour time.

The ambulance sends the patient’s complete telemetry data, including vitals, to doctors and experts at the hospital in real time.

This enables the doctors in the emergency room to make quicker decisions and advise the paramedics in the ambulance to administer necessary aid while on the move.

It also prepares hospital staff to better manage the patient upon arrival, saving valuable time.

With real-time camera feed available, paramedics in the ambulance can use the cameras to collaborate with ER doctors at the hospital, who are equipped with technologies such as Augmented Virtuality/Virtual Reality (AV/VR) to perform basic procedures if necessary.

The doctors can virtually instruct the paramedic on how to carry out the procedure and save lives.

When a critical patient is en route to the hospital and every second counts, the 5G-enabled ambulance serves as an extension of the emergency room (ER).

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