BMT IN INDIA
Over the years, India has grown to become a top-notch destination for medical value travel because it scores high over a range of factors that determines the overall quality of care. Imagine a complex surgical procedure being done in a world class global hospital by acclaimed medical specialists at a fifth to tenth of what it normally takes! That’s India. From quality of therapy, range of procedural and treatment options, infrastructure and skilled manpower to perform any medical procedure with zero waiting time, the list of benefits of travelling for medical treatment in India are many.
The high-end healthcare system in India is as good as the best in the world. India maintains not only a robust accreditation system but also a large number of accredited facilities.
Cutting edge technology to support medical diagnostics and medical procedures are employed by specialists in medical facilities. All recognized hospitals have invested a lot in supportive technology and operative techniques. Complicated surgeries and treatments require high-end technology to continually better outcomes, minimize complications, enable faster recovery and reduce length of hospital stay. India’s medical management and acclaimed specialists are quite comfortable in challenging themselves to new frontiers to provide solutions, always building on their expertise.
India has not only hospitals with world-class facilities but skilled world-class doctors and medical personnel too. The country has the largest pool of doctors and paramedics in South Asia (1.2 million Allopathic doctors. 0.17 million dental surgeons, 2 million nurses). Many of them have established their credentials as leaders around the world. India’s medical history spans thousands of years through Ayurvedic and alternate medicine forms.
Quality of care is what attracts people. However, quality services should not be beyond the affordability of the patient who requires it. If quality comes at an affordable cost it is an unbeatable advantage. This confluence of highest quality and cost advantage is unique for India. The benefit is unimaginable when it comes to major treatments such as for leukemia where the difference in cost is 10 to 20 times. For other treatments, it could be anything from a fifth to a tenth when compared to Western countries and 80 to 90 per cent of what is charged in other South Asian medical destinations. The estimated 600,000 people who step into India from other countries do not do so for cheap healthcare but for quality healthcare at an affordable cost. They are not compromised at any level, but regain health at a fraction of the cost.
Fast Track – Zero Waiting Time
Quick and immediate attention for surgeries and all interventions are assured in India. Getting an appointment for bypass surgery or a planned angioplasty in certain countries takes almost 3-6 months. And there these treatments are very costly too. It’s zero waiting time in India for any procedure.
Feeling the pulse
For greater understanding between patients and healthcare personnel, the warmth and hospitality of Indian hospitals is a big factor in choosing India as a healthcare destination. Among the top medical destinations of the world, India has the highest percentage of English language speaking people. Amidst the variety of culture and traditions, if there is one thing that is common in India, that is the English language. If other language options are essential, there are expert interpreters who will be arranged by the hospitals. All leading to reassuring hospitality and great after care.
Fortis Healthcare Limited is a leading integrated healthcare delivery service provider in India. The healthcare verticals of the company primarily comprise hospitals, diagnostics and day care specialty facilities.
Currently the company operates its healthcare delivery services in India, Dubai, Mauritius and Sri Lanka with 45 healthcare facilities (including projects under development), approximately 10,000 potential beds and over 330 diagnostic centres.
In a global study of the 30 most technologically advanced hospitals in the world, its flagship, the Fortis Memorial Research Institute’ (FMRI), was ranked No.2, by ‘topmastersinhealthcare.com, and placed ahead of many other outstanding medical institutions in the world.
Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) is a multi-super-speciality, quaternary care hospital with an enviable international faculty, reputed clinicians, including super-sub-specialists and speciality nurses, supported by cutting–edge technology.
A premium referral hospital, it endeavours to be the 'Mecca of Healthcare' for Asia Pacific and beyond. Set on a spacious 11-acre campus with 1000 beds, this 'Next Generation Hospital' is built on the foundation of 'Trust' and rests on four strong pillars: Talent, Technology, Service and Infrastructure.
Department of Haematology, Paediatric Haemoto-oncology & Bone Marrow Transplantation
The Department of Haematology, Paediatric Haemoto-oncology & Bone Marrow Transplantation at Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) provides broad-ranging, integrated and patient-centric services for the diagnosis and management of all kinds of blood disorders in adults and children, including cancers of the blood.
Backed by an extensive team of experienced haematologists, the Department strives to become the most sought after center for the diagnosis & management of benign and malignant haematological disorders, laboratory haematological services and blood transfusion services.
The Department always remains at the forefront of existing methods and advancements in haematology services, making for a dynamic, efficient and self-reliant center with a wide array of specialisms.
Our highly qualified multidisciplinary team is comprised of adult haematologists and paediatric haemato-oncologists that offer treatment of and research into complex blood disorders. Moreover, our constant quest to advance our knowledge and methods puts us at the extreme edge of what is possible, making for a dynamic team offering services of superlative clinical quality.
We are proud of our highest standards of patient care, which lies at the heart of all our activities. Our supportive services are second to none, making our steadfast and highly specialized center a place of contentment for patients suffering from any kind of blood disorder.
The Bone Marrow Transplantation Centre in Gurugram, Haryana – India have India’s largest bone marrow or stem cell transplant facility, and advanced treatment facilities like immunotherapy, gene therapy and biomodulators. This centre has been catering to both national and international patients. Many International Patients come from across the globe including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Oman, Srilanka, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Iraq, Nepal etc. About 35% of the patients are international patients. The cost of bone marrow transplant at this centre is extremely reasonable when compared to costs in the US and Europe. A large number of patients with sickle cell anemia, thalassemia, aplastic anemia, leukemia etc have been able to avail of this facility. In addition to HLA identical sibling transplants, the centre has also taken the initiative in starting cord blood transplants, matched unrelated donor transplants and Half-matched/ Haplo-identical Transplants. The centre has also initiated the cord blood transplant program for disease like leukemia in children and also for immunodeficiency syndromes. The centre has also a cord blood facility to collect cord blood units for public banking for usage for cord blood transplants. The centre is also one of the few transplant centres with facility for total body irradiation (TBI) which is used during conditioning for lymphoid malignancies and also in the reduced intensity conditioning transplants.
The centre also has tie-ups with several research institutions in India and abroad.
Highly Experienced and Skilled Multi-disciplinary Team
The medical team at this centre consists of hematologists, medical oncologists and pediatric oncologist. This combined experience makes it a major referral centre for stem cell transplants.
The nurses on the BMT team are specially trained to care for bone marrow transplant and immunology patients. They work closely with doctors in the divisions of hematology/oncology and immunology to assess your needs, Plan the care required and Provide treatment.
The nurse coordinator will help in planning all the activities that are needed to prepare for you for the transplant. The nurse coordinator will follow the care during your stay in the hospital, and in the follow-up clinic after transplant has been completed.
You will get to know several doctors during your stay at the hospital for a bone marrow transplant. The staff transplant doctor works with you and the BMT team to make all the major decisions about your medical care and to decide on the right procedures and medicines to use.
The dietician monitors the nutritional needs, and daily food and fluid intake. He or she will meet with BMT team every day and give suggestions about oral and tube feeding as well as intravenous(IV) or parenteral nutrition(TPN). If any special nutritional needs, the dietician will meet with you.
A social worker can also provide support and counselling as you adjust to the hospitalization of your patient.
Patiently friendly and World-class Infrastructure
This centre has the most advanced therapy modalities used in the treatment of cancer and other complex diseases under one roof.
The BMT centre has different rules about visiting, diet and patient activity than other patient units in the hospital. These are all meant to protect the patient from infection. The rooms are High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filtered rooms. Since your immune system will be rendered ineffective in preparation for a bone or marrow transplant, special isolation rooms are needed to protect you from infection. The rooms have special air flow that filters the air in the room 500 times an hour. It is mandatory that anyone entering the room wear a special gown and perform a special hand wash called a scrub. You will be shown how to scrub and gown before entering HEPA room. You will be placed in a HEPA room from the day of conditioning for the transplant and will not leave the room until the doctor decides that it is appropriate. The attached bathroom is for patient use only. Only the water from the geyser is to be used. Each HEPA room has a TV and telephone. We encourage kids to bring favorite toys, pictures and games, although stuffed toys are not allowed. Food may not be kept in the HEPA rooms because of the risk of infection. Only patients may eat in these rooms. The small refrigerator in the anteroom is used for your patient drug that needs to be kept cold. Food items should not be kept in this refrigerator. After the transplant, once your new bone marrow starts to grow and your blood counts begin to rise, the doctor will decide whether you can be discharged.
When you are admitted to the HEPA room, you will be placed on a special low-bacteria diet. No food from home is allowed for the duration of isolation. Food is supplied at the timely manner from the hospital dietary.
Protective isolation is used to protect the transplant patient from infection caused by bacteria, viruses and fungus. This form of isolation include the use of
- A special isolation room called a positive pressure HEPA filtered room.
- An air filtration system (HEPA)
- Very good hand washing
- Special cleaning procedures
- A nurse will explain to you all the special things that you need to do before entering this room.
To prevent the spread of infection from person to person, all hospital staff, parents and everyone else entering the room must wash their hands in the scrub sink in the anteroom. A full two minutes scrub should be done first thing in the day, after meals and after bathroom breaks. At other times, a 15- second hand wash.
All supplies and personal items brought into room must be clean. No special cleaning or sterilizing technique are needed except when equipment is shared among patients, such as scales, blood pressure machine or toys. Shared equipment must be wiped off with a towel that has been soaked with disinfectant. Anything that falls on the floor must be removed from the room and cleaned with disinfectant before it may be brought back to the room. Toys brought from home should be washed with soap and water at home and then wiped off with disinfectant just before they are brought into the room.
All staff and parents are required to wear sterile dress in the room. We suggest that you wear light weight clothes (sterile) under this gown. The nursing staff wear masks when they do any sterile procedure, like changing the CVL dressing or the CVL caps. They do not wear masks for routine care. While inside the room it is must to wear cap and the mask.
- India’s only BMT Centre Conforming to European Standards and Internationally Accredited Hospital
- Internationally and Nationally acclaimed team of Haemato-oncologists’ and Haematologists trained in Europe with extensive experience in Bone Marrow Transplant at Europe and India.
- Team of highly skilled and trained consultants, nurses, technicians, counsellors who provide compassionate care in a friendly manner.
- The only centre with expertise and infrastructure for HAPLOIDENTICAL BMT (from half matched family donors).
- Highest standards of infection control and top notch technology brought together to achieve highest cure rates to transform dreams for being disease free into reality.
- A 26 bed, dedicated BMT Centre with High Efficiency Particulate Air Module (HEPA) Filtered Unit for BMT with Latest Technology
- Excellent stem cell lab facilities for Collection, Processing, Enumeration and Cryopreservation of Stem Cells, HLA typing, Leukemia markers and other molecular tests.
- Laboratory facilities which are fully equipped to carry out routine and special tests like HLA testing, drug blood levels, bacterial and fungal cultures and viral analysis.
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