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12th December 2016
Archaic life support system angers docs

New Delhi: TOI report on shortage of ventilators at Delhi government hospitals and use of manual, handheld devices (also called ambu-bags) to resuscitate patients who cannot breathe on their own sparked public outrage with many taking to social networking sites to voice their angst.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the Delhi Medical Council (DMC) also condemned the lack of critical care facilities and demanded immediate measures to improve the scenario.

"Use of ambu-bags as replacement for automatic ventilators is highly condemnable. It should be done away with immediately and government should buy more ventilators," said Dr K K Aggarwal, National President Elect-IMA.
An ambu-bag is a manual, handheld resuscitation device, which attendants are asked to keep pressing 16-18 times per minute to move air into and out of lungs of a patient who cannot breathe on his/her own.

Unlike automatic ventilators, which have controls to monitor, oxygen, carbon dioxide and other key parameters of a patient, the ambu-bags have no such mechanism. If the frequency and volume of air pressed through the ambu-bag is high, it can lead to a sudden increase in blood pressure and damage the lungs. If the frequency and volume of air is low, it can lead to higher levels of carbon dioxide, which could be fatal again.
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Hazards of smoking in winter months

New Delhi, 11th December 2016: Smoking can not only precipitate heart attack, paralysis and increase blood pressure but can also increase the risk of erectile dysfunction in men. Men who smoke 20 cigarettes a day are 40% more likely to struggle with erectile dysfunction than men who do not smoke, said Padma Shri Awardee Dr. KK Aggarwal - President HCFI and National President Elect IMA.

Nicotine present in smoke can constrict the blood supply to various organs. As per a study published in the journal Tobacco Control in men aged 16-59 the risk of erectile dysfunction is almost double in smokers than in non smokers. Apart from smoking, obesity, heavy alcohol consumption and misuse of Viagra like drugs can also disturb men's sexual health. 
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