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A blot on hospitals

Friday - November 15, 2019 1:03 pm , Category : WTN SPECIAL

 
WTN- In a stray incident in Indore a day back, a baby girl of around a year old, died while being treated at a city hospital where she was rushed from the airport in a serious condition. In fact, the girl was first taken to a hospital closest to the airport, but apparently unable to treat her, it referred the victim to another hospital, which finally pronounced her dead. The parents of the kid were taking her to Chennai for treatment and had even boarded the Indigo flight departing for Chennai late in the evening.

It is here on the plane that the condition of the girl turned serious and the family had to be deboarded. The doctor at the airport first tried to do his bit to resuscitate the girl but could not, following which she was ferried to the nearest hospital by the airport ambulance. There are several lapses and loopholes in the whole process.

First, how could a seriously ill child be allowed to fly without proper check of her ability and condition to endure the journey? Second, why was the airport doctor not able to save the child? If the airport did not have the required life saving equipment then too the question rises, why so? Could it not afford to have a well-equipped infirmary to handle emergencies like this one? Third, why and how could a hospital turn away/refer a patient to another hospital in situations where every second counts? Why can’t hospitals be prepared to handle emergency situations of this kind? Why do hospitals shirk their responsibility and why are they reluctant to admit serious cases? Don’t they know the value of time? Finally, it can also be asked why did the parents of the kid wait till the last moment to take her to Chennai? Why did they have to wait till her condition deteriorated beyond recovery?

The process of boarding a flight passing through all the formalities and then deboarding it take a lot of time and this can be a decider between life and death. The airport doctor must have realised this and the first hospital she was rushed to, must have anyhow, tried to save her life without sending her to another hospital. It is surprising how a hospital can raise its hands and surrender? Why can’t there be a system wherein a specialist doctor can be called in from some other hospital rather than sending the dying patient to seek a doctor in his/her last moments, especially knowing well the traffic conditions we have to wade through?

The government needs to frame a policy that ensures that patients are not turned away from any hospital for want of facility or money. Every hospital must have the necessary equipment and staff to save lives or at least the facility to get them on short notice so that a patient doesn’t have to go in search of a hospital. Also, public facilities like malls, airports, railway stations, bus stations, major parks, where large number of people gather, must have suitable medical care available at hand.

Thousands of lives are lost simply because of lack of timely medical intervention in the small window period that is available in an emergency situation and this happens mostly due to lack of planning and management. Only if we are a little more careful and concerned of each other’s needs and possible emergency situations, we can be much more prepared and more efficient in handling such situations. -Window To News