Chandigarh,20.09.19-The Department of Gastroenterology at the PGIMER is organising a two day update program on gastrointestinal emergencies on 21st and 22nd of September. The update will be attended by more than 250 delegates from all over the country who would include around 200 resident doctors. The faculty for the event includes the experts from all over the country including from AIIMS, Delhi, SGPGI (Lucknow), GB Pant (Delhi), Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (Hyderabad) amongst others.

Prof Rakesh Kochhar, Head of the Department of gastroenterology, informed gastrointestinal diseases are ever increasing because of the changes in the lifestyle and also due to the societal problems like the high prevalence of alcohol and drug abuse in the region. The physicians and surgeons, therefore, are encountering increasing numbers of patients with acute pancreatitis and liver failure which are associated with high mortality rates. The clinicians and emergency physicians encounter these problems first hand and therefore, need to be trained in managing these conditions.

Prof Usha Dutta, the organizing secretary, informed that given the excellent feedback from previous years’ participants, the department has made this event a regular feature. She also informed that the

PGI “GI Liver” app for doctors which is available free at the PGI website has become very popular with over 4000 downloads globally has now been updated. The app has been peer reviewed by many national experts. She also informed that the emergency management is often the most important part of care in these patients and the management provided in the emergency situations can make or break the chances of a good clinical outcome. Emergency physicians and clinicians dealing with these clinical conditions have to be well equipped to handle these problems. The department of gastroenterology at PGI and other national experts who are participating in this conference will help in formulating the appropriate guidance and strategies to tackle gastrointestinal emergencies. The areas which will be covered during this two day event include pancreatic diseases, gastrointestinal bleeding, management of foreign body ingestion, corrosive ingestion, liver failure and related complications. The event is focused in bridging the existing gap between the Indian experts and Indian practitioners in order to bring the best evidence based health care to the Indian patients.

It was also suggested that the general public be educated regarding symptoms requiring urgent care. These include

1) Blood in vomitus or black colored stools

2) Blood in stools

3) High volume diarrhea

4) Severe abdominal pain with breathlessness or fever

5) Abdominal pain associated with jaundice and fever

6) Jaundice with bleeding from any site or with alteration in senses

7) Abdominal pain with inability to pass stools and gases