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A team of doctors at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) in Haryana’s Rohtak fear that “mishandled procedure and incorrect medicines” may result in 38 patients losing their sight. These patients underwent cataract surgeries at a government hospital between February 27 and March 11.
This alleged incident of medical negligence came to light on Wednesday, March 27, after these patients had to be moved to the PGIMS after they complained of an infection and severe eye pain.
According to the doctors of PGIMS’ special retina unit team, the condition of the patients’ eyes is “critical”.
All eye surgeries at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Civil Hospital have been suspended by the Kurukshetra district health authorities for now. To investigate the cases, a team visited the hospital, led by Dr Arshudeen, chief of the Haryana health services.
According to Dr Arshudeen, in an attempt to ascertain the cause of the infection, samples of equipment, chemicals, medicines, roof and floor of the operation theatre have been taken. A senior eye surgeon, who had performed about 100 cataract surgeries, is also under investigation.
Several patients have been referred to Chandigarh’s Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). In the last couple of weeks, PGIMER has received 24 patients of post cataract surgery endophthalmitis, which is an inflammation of the interior of the eye.
Following the botched up cataract surgeries, many patients had to be operated on for a second time. A statement by PGIMER said that 19 patients have been operated till now and all of them are now doing well on topical and systemic antibiotics. 13 patients, who are still admitted in AEC, are daily being monitored
“Their vision is gradually improving. None of the patients has complete loss of vision. Eleven patients have been discharged and advised regular follow up,” PGIMER said in the statement.
The situation is being assessed by Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Dr Manjit Singh said a team of doctors. The state government will be recommended by them to pay the bills of the patients who have been affected by the botched up surgeries.
Cases of medical negligence may not seem like a huge issue to the doctors involved it it, but patients who are affected may be left scarred for life. Doctors are the only people that the common man blindly trusts. It is harrowing to see that people who came with the hope of getting a better eyesight might end up with no eyesight at all, just because of carelessness and negligence on the part of the doctors.
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