Right is NOT Left! Docs Operate on Wrong Leg
Mangaluru: Here is yet another example as to what happens when dumb students and rich students join medical colleges by paying lump sum money, and when it is time to get their degree, they once again pay money to obtain their degree certificate- and once they are christened as doctors to treat patients without any knowledge, landing into malpractice issues. We have heard many instances in and around Mangaluru that through the negligence of physicians people have lost lives- and still such kind of incidents keep happening without any actions taken against these doctors or even the management is least bothered in taking precautionary measures to stop such kind of negligence and carelessness by the doctors.
The latest incident about the negligence of doctors took place at a renowned Fortis Hospital in New Delhi. TV coverage on CNN-IBN revealed about a shocking incident of negligence in the National capital where doctors of renowned Fortis Hospital, situated in the Shalimar Bagh area, operated 24-year-old Ravi Rai’s left leg instead of his injured right leg. The incident happened after Ravi fractured his right leg as he fell down from stairs. His family rushed him to Fortis Hospital. The doctors there got some tests done, including a CT-scan and an X-Ray and diagnosing the reports, said that his condition was serious and a surgery would have to be performed.
On the doctor’s advice, Ravi agreed for the surgery but surprisingly, doctors operated his left leg which was perfectly fine. Sources said that after gaining consciousness, Ravi kept frantically telling the doctors that his left leg was operated, however, they came to the aid only after half an hour. Ravi alleged that the doctor’s confusion about the affected leg led to the incident. When the family of the patient came to know about this they called the police and registered an FIR against the hospital.
What is shocking about the incident is that it has taken place in a renowned Accredited Hospital. Quality standards require a number of formatted documentation including surgical safety checklists, PAC forms with definite time out, which act as checks and balances to ensure that such mistakes in surgeries do not take place. The hospitals authorities acknowledging the mistake, have immediately sprung in for friendly settlement with Rai’s family- but the family have already filed an FIR and wants to file a lawsuit against the hospital and doctors.