India 2024: Dr. Alisha Chaudhury, Dr. Satyajit Acharya Department of Sleep Medicine SUM Ultimate Medicare Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Delegate:

Dr. Alisha Chaudhury, Dr. Satyajit Acharya, Department of Sleep Medicine, SUM Ultimate Medicare, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Affiliation:

Dr. Alisha Chaudhury MD (Pulmonary Med), IDCCM,EDIC, FSM-ISDA (Sleep Medicine), Consultant, Dept. of Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, SUM Ultimate Medicare, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Dr. Satyajiy Acharya DNB (Pulmonary Medicine), Post Doctoral Fellow in Pulmonology, Associate Consultant, Dept. of Pulmonary Medicine, SUM Ultimate Medicare, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Short Bio:

We are currently working as Consultants in the Department of Sleep Medicine in SUM Ultimate Medicare, a 375 bed corporate hospital in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. We have a Level 1 polysomnography laboratory that satisfies all AASM standards requirements. The department has been fully functional from August 2023 and we have completed 50 studies so far. We have dedicated OPDs where we see patients, diagnose and follow them up regularly. Our goal is to treat sleep disorders rather that just identify them while simultaneously increasing public awareness of the condition.

Activity:

Activity 1: August 2023

A small video clip released on social media regarding Dos and Don’ts for a wholesome night sleep every day in our regional language. It was circulated in the form of a short reel to capture attention and at the same time convey the message. Please find the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/share/r/zV5XASkLP9zCtmJS/?mibextid=oFDknk

Activity 2: September 2023 

An in house CME was conducted by the Sleep Medicine Consultants for creating interdepartmental awareness among other doctors about common sleep disorders encountered in OPD like “Insomnia and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.” The crowd was enthusiastic to share their experiences and ideas in their practice which led to some interesting discussions.

Activity 3: October 2023

A short and crisp seminar presentation on “Sleep & Health:” was organized by our institute at the local headquarters of Sate Bank of India (nationally reputed bank office) and Bank of Baroda for their employees. There was a lot of conversation and involvement from the audience along with their queries to recognize sleep disorders early in their family members. People also asked for tips for a healthy sleep every day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity 4: December 2023

An exclusive interview released on social media for awareness among general public to unlock the mysteries of obstructive sleep apnea. The talk focused symptoms, causes and potential health risks associated with this common sleep disorder. Please find link below:

Activity 5: February 2024 

We believe that every effort counts and success is the sum of all such repeated small efforts. By putting up stands in our hospital lobby and corridors we tried to create awareness among all the patients and their attendees visiting the hospital. We also distributed pamphlets to help people identify the early symptoms which will lead to early diagnosis and treatment.

Activity 6: March 2024

  1. Our department was a part of the World Sleep Society’s compiled videos in 17 different languages where we conveyed the slogan off this year in two different languages – Odia and Bengali.
  2. A sleep medicine symposium was conducted for the first time in our institute by the Sleep Medicine Department named “3S INITIATIVE: SUMUM SLEEP SYMPOSIUM” on the occasion of World Sleep Day on 15th March 2024. Free registration was offered to all the delegates. Faculty members involved were from various specialties like Pulmonology, Neurology, ENT & Critical Care Medicine which made the scientific sessions unique. Professors. Drs. Uma Maheswari and Uma Devaraj who are from the Dept. of Pulmonary Medicine, St. Johns Medical College and Hospital, gave virtual talks on two extremely important topics. Additionally, they are approved teachers from India for the World Sleep Society’s fellowship program. Both the academic content and the style of presentations were highly valued. The hall was packed with enthusiastic delegates and in house colleagues. The inaugural ceremony was unique as all of the faculty members in addition to dignitaries were honored. On stage the technicians and the event partners received a token of appreciation as well. This undoubtedly raised everyone’s morale and encouraged the, to work towards the Dept.’s and the institutions progress.

 

 

Activity 7: March 2024

  1. An afternoon session was organized which was even more significant because its served as a patient education event. Short lectures about benefits of healthy sleep, obstructive sleep apnea, were shown along with the success stories of previously treated patients. A short awareness video was also circulated in our regional language,
  2. Short awareness program for the nursing and paramedical staff was also conducted. It was encouraging to see nursing students take an active role in promoting healthy sleep habits. By spreading awareness about the importance of sleep, they are helping to ensure that patients receive the best care possible.

Activity 8: April 2024

Our institute arranged a brief discussion on “Sleep & Health” at the local State Police Forces headquarters, which was followed by an interactive session. The audience actively participated in the discussion and raised many questions about how to identify sleep issues in their family members, steps for a good sleep hygiene and how social media has lead to increased prevalence of insomnia.

Location: Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Date of Activity: Multiple Dates

Submitted by: Alisha Chaudhury