Target: Bidhan Mishra, chief medical officer of Malda District
Goal: Demand Indian hospital provide better care for patients after surgeries
A hospital in West Bengal state, India recently left patients without any beds after surgeries. These sterilized women were left without any care for hours before they were transferred to shelters and nearby homes. There is no excuse in the world that can explain how the hospital did not think to accommodate the number of patients it booked for surgeries. The hospital, its doctors, and management need to revamp the system and ensure better care for its patients.
During the day of the incident, the doctors booked a total of 103 surgeries and 23 patients were essentially forgotten about post procedure. These 23 women had to wait around for up to eight hours before the transfers were made. During that day, the patients came in for minilaparotomy surgeries for preventing pregnancies. The surgeries were offered by a voluntary state program and was initially set for the 48 women who registered. However, the women came with family members and friends who also wanted the surgery. The doctors should have assessed the new situation and determined how many patients they could have taken in before accepting all.
The New York Times quoted Bidhan Mishra, chief medical officer of Malda District, stating, “They (doctors) should have made makeshift arrangements for them (patients)…They didn’t. It was their fault. But I can assure you this will not happen in the future.” Mishra’s statement is full of promises for future patients that may require services from this hospital and thus, his promises must be fulfilled. Doctors have to be more aware of the hospital’s availability and space. However, they should not turn away patients due to that, they should put more effort in finding alternative post surgery options that would not require an eight hour wait.
Fortunately the 23 sterilized patients are reported to be healthy and well. Regardless, the hospital must make changes and make sure patients do not get mistreated due to lack of care.
Dear Bidhan Mishra,
The incident that left 23 patients without proper care post surgery is inexcusable and highly dangerous. These women could have suffered from numerous infections causing harm to their health. The doctors should not have taken in all 103 procedures that day. They should have paid more attention to the amount of space that would have been available for these patients.
The women came in for a procedure to prevent pregnancy. Their lives were not in danger and the doctors should have refused the surgery to those that did not sign up for the voluntary state program. Regardless, the hospital must now work to prevent this from happening again. Patients deserve better care than being left unattended for eight hours after surgery.
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