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BSMMU VC stresses caution in fluid management in dengue treatment

  • He terms fluid management important for treatment 
  • 48-72 hours after getting rid of fever is critical for dengue patients
Update : 10 Sep 2023, 08:56 PM

Vice Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Professor Dr Md Sharfuddin Ahmed on Sunday urged physicians not to break medical protocol under any circumstances.

“Treatment should be given as per protocol. Fluid management is very important in the treatment of dengue patients. Adequate care should be taken in fluid management as over fluid and lack of fluid is risky to the patient. It can even lead to the death of the patient” said the VC.

He said these things at the seminar, titled "Dengue Management Dilemma", at the A-Block auditorium of the university.

The Central Seminar Sub Committee of BSMMU organized the event.

Prof Sharfuddin said that BSMMU is the best in the country in dengue management. Some 700 adult dengue patients were admitted in this hospital. Three of them died. Besides, 200 dengue patients were admitted in the pediatric unit. They all recovered. The quality of the service has improved.

The VC said that dengue prevention is better than treatment. Everyone should come forward to prevent dengue. School, college, university students, NGO workers and political workers should be involved in Aedes mosquito eradication. Politicians should carry out programs with emphasis on prevention of dengue at present.

Common people think that blood should be given when the platelet count falls below 10,000. That is why they insist the doctor give blood when the platelets decrease. The doctor will decide whether to transfuse blood if platelets fall below 10,000, he said.

The critical period for a dengue patient starts after getting rid of fever. Next 48-72 hours after recovering from a fever is very important. The patient needs to be admitted to the hospital during the period, said the physicians the seminar. 

The dangerous symptoms of dengue fever are – continuous vomiting, bleeding, severe weakness, severe abdominal pain, fluid in the lungs, severe shortness of breath. 

Pregnant mothers, cancer patients, uncontrolled diabetes, kidney transplant dengue patients should be admitted to the hospital quickly for treatment, suggested physicians at the seminar.

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