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K.J. Hospital is Chennai’s oldest multispecialty 100 bedded hospital with many path-breaking achievements to its credit. As a pioneer corporate sector hospital, it has emerged as a role model for other hospitals since 1969. Former President of India Dr.S.Radhakrishnan was one of the celebrities of the country who was hospitalized at Chennai. He spent his last days, nearly a year at K.J.Hospital. The hospital also has the honor of entertaining the angel of the poor, Mother Theresa and leaving blessed by her for the free treatment being provided to the poor by the hospital

K.J. Hospital blazed a trail in the field of surgery with cutting edge technologies and high-tech diagnostic tools. It was at K.J. Hospital in India & neighboring countries that the first whole body C.T. Scan was set up.

K.J. Hospital is a premier organization to set up Hemodialysis in the city in 1969. Chennai’s first Kidney Transplant was successfully conducted at K.J. Hospital in 1976. No wonder K.J. Hospital fame as a center of excellence for organ transplant spread far and wide not only in the country but also beyond its shores. Patients keep coming from Gulf countries, Nepal and Far Eastern countries to K.J. Hospital for organ transplantation.

K.J. Hospital has the Extra Corporeal Shock Wave Lithotripter. It is an equipment for noninvasive ( Non – surgical) treatment for stones in Kidney, Ureter and gall bladder without anesthesia and radiation. More important, it is absolutely painless and is safe for hypertensive, diabetic and heart patients.

K.J.Hospital was the first to have a licensed blood bank in private sector in 1971 and Nuclear Medicine Department in 1969.The concept of ICU was introduced by K.J.Hospital in 1969 and mobile intensive coronary care unit in 1969. K.J.Hospital installed the first two way Telemetry system with facility to transmit ECG from the ambulance. A Gamma Camera with SPECT was installed at K.J.Hospital as first time in south India in 1989. K.J.Hospital introduced the Polymerase Chain Reaction ( PCR ) in clinical practice in 1995 as first in India .. and it is being continued.

Our MAMS Training programme started in 1974, MNAMS and later DNB. We have so far trained more than 60 candidates. It was the first hospital in India formally approved for training candidates for F.R.C.S. with accreditation to the Royal College of Physicians and surgeons, Glasgow, U.K.

K.J. Hospital is equipped with three hi-tech operation theatres. Transplant surgery, open heart surgeries and all types of complicated surgeries are carried out at KJH.

It has a well equipped imaging department including nuclear medicine.

The hospital’s three-bedded Kidney Dialysis centre enables patients to undergo Hemodialysis.

KJH has been steadily moving towards providing its patients comprehensive health care and all the departments which includes Trauma and emergency care, General Surgery, Cardiothoracic surgery, Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Dental, E.N.T, Ophthalmology, Urology and Nephrology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Gastroenterology, Department of Physical Medicine, Radiology & Imaging Department, Nuclear Medicine, Department of Laboratory Medicine , specialty clinics etc.

The hospital has full-fledged eye department equipped with state of the art instruments for investigation and treatment of a whole range of eye diseases.

K.J. Research Foundation ( KJRF ) is the research wing of K.J.Hospital which is registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration act 1975 and recognized by Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India also exempted from income tax under section 35 (1) (ii). Our research findings have been published./presented periodically in various National /International Journals/ Conferences.

The achievements of KJRF, particularly in import substitution of medicines and processes which are imported at very high cost besides not being not readily available, considerably enhance the hospital’s health care delivery potential.

Platelet Derived Growth Factor (PDGF) is one such important item. This is a patient’s own blood based cure which speedily and completely heals chronic non-malignant ulcers. Though surgical and medical treatment can help, it is often a prolonged and tortuous process. PDGF thus comes as a boon to such patients. As an extension of this experience of using PDGF, the Research Foundation is venturing in to the development of angiogenesis growth factor. This and its inhibitor can be of use in the management of problematic diseases like ischaemic heart disease and cancers respectively.

K.J. Research Foundation has successfully developed Human Serum Albumin Kit (HSA Kit) an import substitute for use in lymphoscin-tigraphy to assess lymph vessels.

Phytohemagglutin is (PHA) is another important import substitution product developed by the Research Foundation and K.J. Hospital which promises to bring down by 90% of the cost of imported variety as a lab reagent.

Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS) is a laboratory reagent extensively used in culture work and is generally imported. K.J. Research foundation has gone in for indigenous method of preparing this serum, thus achieving import substitution in this regard.

An alarm system which triggers the alarm when the pressure gauge of the oxygen cylinder in the central oxygen station of the hospital falls to a limiting value, has been developed by bio-Medical engineers of K.J. Hospital and the Research Foundation.

Cot weighing machine for those patients who cannot move independently or in critical condition such as ICU patients, Dialysis patient etc.

Stone Immobilizer for breaking stones in urinary bladder with Lithotripter.

Uretero myography to study the characteristics of the ureter.

K.J. Research Foundation and K.J. Hospital has fabricated Iontophorosis apparatus for administering medication through the skin under an electric field. This apparatus is useful for diagnostic procedures as well. Such as sweat chloride test. This useful test for diagnosis of mucovisidosix in children is not done in most clinical laboratories for lack of ionotoshorosix apparatus.

Blood Collection Monitor is another item developed by K.J. Research Foundation. This is a compact unit which ensures smooth and gentle rocking action for uniform mixing of blood with anticoagulant without damaging blood cells and platelets while collecting blood from a donor.

Platelet Agitator with platelet Incubator is another item of importance developed by K.J. Research Foundation. The compact agitator is specifically designed to maintain donor platelets in an even suspension throughout blood plasma. The platelet incubator is designed for close control environment for stored platelets.

Other items of research in final stage are: Prototype artificial liver used as a substitute for patient waiting for liver transplant temporally till the donor is ready. Keratinocyte which is production of bio-artificial skin which will be used in burn patients, cancer vaccine which is prepared from the patient’s own tumour, the principle employed being immuniological aspect. In collaboration with Indira Gandhi Centre of Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, which is A sophisticated method of assessing vascular abnormalities, identifying fracture sites and location of breast lesions and another collaborative project with IGCAR in the design and development of field model lymph channel mapping.

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