Anesthesia kills patient at NIMS
How vulnerable the life is evident in the case of Raghavendra Rao, an administrative officer in a college of Hyderabad, who diet simply because of negligence or lack of understanding on the part of doctors in Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIIMS).
The said patient was admitted in the NIIMS just for a simple ankle surgery, which never took place, instead he lost his life due to reasons that should not have happened. On 2nd August Rao was taken to the hospital and after checking the doctors admitted him in the hospital with the understanding of operation the next day. But after administering anesthesia, the patient went into almost coma and was kept in Respiratory Intensive Care Unit (RICU). Neither the hospital authority communicated his deteriorating condition to the family members of the patient, nor did they bother about the cost incurring due their negligence. The original operation of ankle surgery, that involved an expenses of rupees 30, 000, never occurred, but on the patient expenses levied to the tune of rupees 700,000. Are the medical system has become just like other businesses, where human lives are not involved?
The nine year old daughter of Raghavendra has no answer why his otherwise healthy father had to die.
According to the report, Raghavendra was technically dead 48 days ago when he was taken to RICU, but the hospital authority did not disclose anything to the kith and kin of the patient for reasons better known to them. Dr. Mamta Srinivas, the Head of the Anesthesia department of the hospital was in-charge of the patient, and Dr. Pingle Ram Krishna was supposed to operate on him on 3rd August is the contention of the family. If it was a foregone conclusion after administering anesthesia on Raghavendra, then the fact should have been told to the family to take necessary action at that time instead of charging them at the rate of rupees 10,000 per day for 48 days. If a patient is brain dead, then the matter goes out of hand and the next effective step is supposed to be taken with the consent of the family members. Why it was not informed to the family members is a big question? There should be no reason other than squeeze money from the patient, am I right?
The family has knocked the door of the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), and K. Peddareddy of SHRC has asked explanation as well as report of the case from the NIMS. No doctor of NIMS was ready to comment on this subject matter on contacting them by the media. The Superintendent of NIMS Dr. Nimma Satyanarayana could not be contacted is spite of several attempts, the media informs.