A WOMAN patient who had been admitted for delivery and was critical after being administered a painkiller, Diclofenac, at Government Mother and Child Hospital (GMCH), Ludhiana, died Wednesday.
Hospital authorities identified the deceased as Amrita. She, along with two other women, Sujata and Leena, had taken ill minutes after being administered the painkiller at the hospital on November 30. Sujata had died the same day. Leena was discharged Tuesday.
All the patients had been admitted to the hospital for deliveries and after this incident, instead of Diclofenac, paracetamol painkiller injection is reportedly being administered.
A three-member committee is probing the case and will submit its report by Sunday. No sensitivity test was done on patients before giving the painkiller. Now, no patient is being given any painkiller or any other injection without sensitivity tests since Tuesday. When asked why the test was not being done earlier, SMO Dr Parwinder Singh Sidhu said, “We gave the safest painkiller to patients and have never faced any problem in the past.”
More than 15 deliveries had been done on November 30. Also, another patient Heera Moti, 30, had died while being taken to CMCH the same day for her fifth delivery. She had been referred to CMCH by GMCH and the family had alleged negligence on the part of the hospital staff. However, civil surgeon Dr Renu Chatwal said, “The patient was bleeding profusely and was immediately referred to CMCH. The family’s allegations are baseless.”
She added, “Samples of the medicines given to the three patients have been sent to Chandigarh and the report is awaited. We have also sent samples from the operation theatre to check the infection levels