Blame game be­gins on who for­got for­ceps

Deccan Chronicle - - City - KANIZA GARARI | DC

Govern­ment doc­tors are up­set that two sur­gi­cal gas­troen­terol­o­gists are be­ing blamed for the left­over for­ceps in the ab­domen of Ms Ma­hesh­wari Chowdary 33, while it is a sur­gi­cal team of doc­tors, nurses and paramed­i­cal staff who were to­gether re­spon­si­ble for the goo­fup. The pa­tient un­der­went an­other op­er­a­tion at the Nizam’s In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences for the re­moval of the for­ceps and is sta­ble now.

Se­nior ENT sur­geon Dr Man­ish Gupta at the ENT Govern­ment Hospi­tal said, “Who is re­spon­si­ble for in­stru­ment and mop count? Who is sup­posed to in­form that a de­vice is miss­ing? These are pro­to­cols which have to be fol­lowed by the sur­gi­cal team. Blam­ing doc­tors will not help.”

In ev­ery surgery, there is a scrub nurse who has to ■ DOC­TORS ARE an­gry as a po­lice case has been filed and se­nior fac­ulty of the hospi­tal have not worked ef­fec­tively to pro­tect their own col­leagues.

take the count of the in­stru­ments which were given to the sur­geon and the in­stru­ments the sur­geon gives back. The pro­to­col is that the scrub nurse has to say ‘yes’ for closing the site of the op­er­a­tion and only then will the sur­geon pro­ceed.

This is one of the rou­tine pro­ce­dures car­ried out in all op­er­a­tion the­atres for surg­eries and the co-or­di­na­tion be­tween sur­geon and scrub nurse dur­ing the time of the op­er­a­tion is very im­por­tant. Doc­tors are very an­gry as a po­lice case has been filed in the for­ceps case and se­nior fac­ulty of the hospi­tal have not worked ef­fec­tively to pro­tect their own col­leagues.

A se­nior doc­tor ac­cepted that leav­ing be­hind the for­ceps was a mis­take. “This can’t be de­nied,” he said. “Shift­ing the full blame on doc­tors is not go­ing to help.”

He said con­tin­u­ous med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes which are car­ried out from time-to-time are meant to re­fur­bish pro­to­cols that the sur­gi­cal team has to fol­low. “If and when there is a lapse it has to be rec­ti­fied. In­stead of blam­ing doc­tors they must fo­cus on the gaps and the pro­to­cols that were ig­nored,” the doc­tor said.

The po­lice case by the rel­a­tives has miffed doc­tors who state that the pa­tient’s rel­a­tives were not han­dled prop­erly at the hospi­tal level. The trust deficit in doc­tor­pa­tient re­la­tion­ship is a cause of con­cern and such in­ci­dents are fur­ther aug­ment­ing it.

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