Tamil Nadu’s First Impella Heart Recovery Programme at Kauvery Hospital


The Impella device is used when heart stops pumping blood to the body. The device helps in pumping out oxygenated blood from the left ventricle of the heart into the aorta, thus continuing to provide absolutely essential blood flow to sustain the function of the brain and other organ systems in the body. The Impella Heart Recovery Programme enables the hospital to now have the controller and the pump of the device in the Cath lab itself. The staffs are well-trained to run and monitor the operation of the equipment.Cardiogenic shock is a life-threatening condition where the heart suddenly stops pumping the required oxygen-rich blood to rest of the body. This is an emergency situation that is usually precipitated by a heart attack or acute myocarditis. It is a potentially fatal situation anywhere in the world. If not treated immediately with expert care and technology, the mortality rate is very high. The Impella, which is the worlds smallest heart pump, is capable of maintaining the delivery of oxygenated blood from the left ventricle to the brain and other vital organs in the body. It thus helps the heart to recover by giving it the time and opportunity to rest.Kauvery Hospital Chennai, a unit of Kauvery Group of Hospitals, one of the leading healthcare chains in Tamil Nadu, successfully treated an 18-year-old boy with COVID myocarditis with Impella. With this bold, imaginative and effective intervention hospital has launched the Impella Heart Recovery Programme, for the first time in Tamil Nadu. Through this, the hospital shall have the controller and the pump for Impella in the cath lab itself for the patients who present with sudden and catastrophic heart disease and cardiogenic shock.Dr. R. Anantharaman, Senior Consultant, Cardiologistsays, “An 18-year-old boy presented with cardiac arrest and he was diagnosed with COVID Myocarditis (weakening of heart muscles due to the SARS-Cov-2 viral infection). He was immediately shifted to the cath lab of Kauvery Hospital Chennai where the Impella device was implanted through a catheter. Once the device was in place, the heart was given rest. The life-sustaining blood flow and delivery of oxygen to the other organs was taken care of by the Impella device. By the fifth day his heart had recovered its function!””The availability of the Impella Heart Recovery Programme in – house facilitates the training of our staff to use the device and monitor it effectively and avoids the waiting for arrival of an out-sourced pump team.”Speaking about the importance of Impella in treatment of Cardiogenic shock, Dr. Manoj S, Senior Consultant and Interventional Cardiologist, Kauvery Hospital Chennai said, “In the absence of aggressive and expert care and technology, mortality rate among patients with cardiogenic shock is exceedingly high (up to 70-90%). With immediate care, and support from device therapy, the survival can be improved to more than 60%. In current practice when patients present with Cardiogenic Shock, they are given multiple inotrope medications to maintain blood pressure (which affect the heart adversely), while waiting for outsourced Impella controller and pump to arrive and to also monitor post procedure care (which may take 24 to 48 hours).””Through the Impella Heart Recovery Program, the Impella controller/pump is readily available in our Cath lab. Simultaneously the staff are well-trained, so that there is no delay in implantation and immediate lifesaving therapy is given.”Speaking about the launch of the programme, Dr. Aravindan Selvaraj, Co-founder and Executive Director, Kauvery Hospital Chennai says, “In heart attacks, cardiac arrests or strokes, immediate intervention is the key in saving lives. This programme at our hospital will benefit patients who suffer heart attacks and need immediate and expert care, enabled by the best of technology. We are proud to have this state-of-the-art facility in our Cath Lab to complement our highly skilled team of cardiologists, anesthesiologists, critical care unit and post – intervention care team. I congratulate Dr. Anantharaman R, Dr. Manoj S and team for successfully treating the young patient with this advanced technology, thus giving him a new lease of life.”

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Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Most students pursuing an MBA come with the sole objective of having a decent job offer or a promotion in the existing job soon after completion of the MBA. And most of them take loans to pursue this career dream. According to a recent survey by education portal Campusutra.com  74% MBA 2022-24 aspirants said they would opt for education loans.

There are exceptional cases like those seeking master’s degree or may have a family business to take care of or an entrepreneurial venture in mind. But the exception cases are barely 1%. For the rest 99%, a management degree is a ticket to a dream job through campus placements or leap towards career enhancements. Stakes are high as many of them quit their jobs which essentially means loss of 2 years of income, apprehension and uncertainty of the job market. On top of that, the pressure to pay back the education loans. Hence the returns have to be high. There is more than just the management degree. Colleges need to ensure that they offer quality management education which enables them to be prepared for not just the demands of recruiters and for a decent job but also to sustain and achieve, all along their career path.

  • So, what exactly are the B Schools doing to prepare their students for the job market and make them industry ready ?
  •  Are B schools ready to deliver and prepare the future business leaders to cope up with the disrupted market ?  

These are the two key questions every MBA aspirant needs to ask, check and validate before filling the MBA application forms of management institutes. And worth mentioning that these application forms do not come cheap. An MBA aspirant who may have shortlisted 5 B Schools to apply for, may end up spending Rs 10,000.00 to Rs 15,000.00 just buying MBA / PGDM application forms.

While internship and placements data of some management institutes clearly indicates that recruiters today have specific demands. The skill sets looked for are job centric and industry oriented. MBA schools which have adopted new models of delivery and technology, redesigned their courses, built an effective evaluation process and prepared the students to cope with the dynamic business scenario, have done great with campus placements despite the economic slow down.

However, the skill set being looked for by a consulting company like Deloitte or KPMG may be quite different from FMCG or a manufacturing sector. Institutes need to acknowledge this fact and act accordingly.

  • Management institutes should ensure that students are intellectually engaged, self motivated and adapt to changes fast. In one word ‘VUCA ready’.
  • B Schools should encourage students to participate in national and international competitive events, simulations of business scenarios.
  • Institutes should have the right mix of faculty members with industry exposure and pure academics.

The placement records of 2021 across top management institutes indicated the fact that recruitment is happening, skilled talent is in demand and certain management institutions continued to attract recruiters even in the middle of an ongoing crisis.

It is time, all management institutes rise to the occasion, understand market realities and identify areas of improvement at both ends – students and faculty.

After all, the stakes are high at both ends. B Schools taking corrective measures will stay while those which are lagging will end up shutting down.

Author Name : Nirmalya Pal