Docs for­get for­ceps in woman’s ab­domen

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A city res­i­dent un­der­went emer­gency surgery on Satur­day to re­move for­ceps left be­hind in her ab­domen by doc­tors dur­ing an ear­lier surgery at the Nizam’s In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sci­ences.

The for­ceps were left be­hind in the ab­domen of Ms Ma­hesh­wari Chowdary, 33, dur­ing a her­nia op­er­a­tion on Novem­ber 2.

The for­ceps showed up in an X-ray she un­der­went at the hos­pi­tal where she landed up com­plain­ing of se­vere pain and vom­it­ing.

On Fe­bru­ary 8, Ms Chowdary com­plained of un­bear­able pain in the ab­dom­i­nal re­gion and was rushed to the hos­pi­tal. The X-ray re­vealed for­ceps in the ex­ter­nal ab­dom­i­nal cav­ity. “The ra­di­ol­ogy depart­ment was not will­ing to share the re­port,” her hus­band Harsh­vard­han said.

A city res­i­dent un­der­went emer­gency surgery on Satur­day to re­move for­ceps left be­hind in her ab­domen by doc­tors dur­ing an ear­lier surgery at the Nizam’s In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sci­ences.

“A bat­tery of tests were car­ried out and they told us they have to op­er­ate again to re­move the for­ceps. It was the first time, we were told, the for­ceps had been for­got­ten in­side the body.”

Mr Chowdary, who came to the hos­pi­tal with his brother and other rel­a­tives, protested against the neg­li­gence of the doc­tors. Ms Chowdary had been ad­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal on Oc­to­ber 31 and the surgery was per­formed on Novem­ber 2. She was dis­charged on Novem­ber 12.

There had been no com­plaints all these days and doc­tors did not make her un­dergo an­other X-ray as she was sta­ble.

The for­ceps had been placed near the main artery to con­trol the blood from ooz­ing out, as is the prac­tice, a mi­cro­bi­ol­o­gist said.

A se­nior sur­gi­cal gas­troen­terol­o­gist at NIMS said on con­di­tion of anonymity, “Equip­ment taken in and brought out from the op­er­a­tion the­atre is counted dur­ing surgery,”

“If any tool is dam­aged, the log book has to men­tion it. This is the work of the sur­gi­cal nurs­ing team that hands over these de­vices to the sur­geons. If a med­i­cal de­vice was left in­side, it means the equip­ment was not counted after surgery. And if a count was taken, why was it not re­ported,” the doc­tor asked. “This is an un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent,” NIMS di­rec­tor Dr K. Manohar said. “A three-mem­ber com­mit­tee of doc­tors from Os­ma­nia Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal will probe into this in­ci­dent and sub­mit a re­port.”

Asked if the for­ceps would have rusted, be­ing in­side the body for three months, se­nior sur­gi­cal gas­troen­terol­o­gist Dr Srivenu Itha said: “In­ert ma­te­rial is used in sur­gi­cal de­vices, hence there will not be rust­ing. But it can cause pain or un­com­fort­able sen­sa­tions and there is def­i­nitely a risk, as it is a for­eign ob­ject in­side the body. Once iden­ti­fied it must im­me­di­ately be re­moved.”

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