Ernakulam medical college refutes charges of medical negligence; says patient died of cardiac arrest
Kalamassery: Ernakulam Govt. Medical College authority has refuted the allegations of medical negligence in the death of a COVID-19 patient here. Addressing the media on Tuesday, representatives of the medical college including principal Dr Satheesh stated that the COVID patient named Harris died of cardiac arrest.
The authority dismissed the revelations of the nursing supervisor and doctor who had claimed that the patient died due to the disconnection of ventilator tube.
Harris had returned from Kuwait to his native place in Kochi on September 19. He had no symptoms for a week. He tested COVID positive on September 25. As his condition became critical, he was taken to medical college in Kalamassery on September 26.
“As he was an obese person, the oxygen level in his blood was low. He was diabetic too. Hence, Harris was severely infected with COVID-19. We have provided the best treatment to him during the 24 days at the hospital. He had a cardiac arrest while suffering from extreme pneumonia. He was also suffering from a rare condition of sudden decrease in oxygen level while snoring in sleep,” said medical college vice-principal.
“Lack of oxygen supply due to the disconnection of ventilator tube was not the reason for his death. He died of cardiac arrest,” declared the hospital authority.
The medical college vice-principal questioned the complaint of medical negligence against the hospital where the deceased underwent treatment for 24 days, filed by Harris' relatives.
“The nursing supervisor who raised the allegation does not belong to the ICU section. She is just a nursing officer with senior supervisory post who was recently transferred from Kottayam. Neither she was in COVID duty nor was she in charge of supervising matters related to ICU,” said the medical college officials.
“The ICU is not operated under a junior doctor. Around 4 to 5 doctors including seniors will be on duty in ICU. If the alleged medical negligence occurred in the ICU, any of the doctors will definitely notice it. The junior doctor who raised the allegation had not visited the deceased patient. If she found similar incidents at the hospital for more than three months, she was obliged to report it to the authority. Why did not she take such a move?. She is making suspicious statements,” added the vice principal.
On Tuesday, Dr Najma of the medical college revealed that Harris had an oxygen mask on his face but the ventilator was not connected. She made the revelation confirming the allegations raised by the nursing officer.