Sunday, July 10, 2005

Government Hospital, Mumbai

My cousin is currently interning at a government hospital in Mumbai. While talking to him about his experiences as a part of the medical community, he gave me an insight into the happenings in those corridors. Some extracts from our conversation

Ajay was a 25 year old man who was admitted for stomach pain at 6am. When he was brought into the hospital, the CMO(Chief Medical Officer) took a cursory glance at him and decided to send him up to be admitted inspite of it being standard procedure for a patient to be sent to the ER to get his x-ray and other required reports to diagnose his ailment. At 12 pm, Ajay was still in the ward waiting to be taken for the x-rays. Once his x-ray reports came in by 5pm, the hospital authorities realised that their consultants had left for the day and so he was made to wait through the night. Ajay was operated on the next morning at 11pm and he died at 12noon.

Some of the worst wounds are burns where the injury can vary from some simple burns to third degree burns. All wound burns have to be cleaned thoroughly inorder to avoid pus and infection.
Neha was brought in with severe burns and her wounds were cleaned regularly. However it becomes imperative on the part of the patients to participate in maintaining the hygiene regime prescribed to them. However, Neha continued to procrastinate and her dressings could be found in different places of the ward thereby throwing all matters of cleanliness out of the window. In a matter of 2 weeks, five patients of the ward died because of infection.

What do to-be-doctors learn from such experiences, I am not sure? As a rookie when one sees a CMO dismissing a case that later turns out to be fatal and the CMO gets away with it, what could he possibly make out of such a situation?


Blogger ioiio said...

I have only one word to describe what i feel

sad :(

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they are all murderers!!!
thats what they are...
i wonder how their conscience is not killing them!!!

4:07 AM  
Blogger Saraansh said...

I did not feel sad as much as I felt puzzled as to what effect would this have on the to-be-doctors.

You know and I know that there are a lot of people who do such things that should probably lead their conscience to kill them but it does not happen and will not happen.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Aravind said...

I have heared more horrible things happening. Sad. But wonder why do such things it because seeing death on an everyday basis makes them immune to it? Laziness, lack of ethics and sincerity...we need to change a lot

11:23 AM  
Blogger RamantheB said...

CMO only refers to Collateralized Mortgage Obligations in my head .. damn the corporate world..

On a more serious note.. I think the second incident is one we have to worry about more than the first one..

ullu .. did u read that about cleanliness and hygiene :-).

7:11 PM  
Blogger ioiio said...

nee adi vaanga porey

10:33 AM  
Blogger cassynaz said...

hi i need help wiht a burns victim in mumbai , is your cousin still here?

8:07 AM  

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