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Doctors have to be mandatorily present during delivery: TN health department

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Doctors have to be mandatorily present during delivery: TN health department

Chennai: To avoid cases of medical mishaps during deliveries, the doctors employed at the Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in the state have been strictly directed to be present during the phase of delivery by the state government

The order has been issued by the Tamil Nadu Health Department to ensure availability of doctors after the recent incident of decapitation of a foetus during childbirth. The delivery was performed by a nurse at the PHC

The case concerned a 26-year old lady, a native of Cuddalore who was admitted to an Additional Primary Health Centre near Koovathur after experiencing the labour pain. The nurses present in the healthcare centre opted for vaginal delivery. During the delivery, decapitation took place where the head of the baby was rushed out while the torso remained inside. The lady was immediately rushed to the Chengalpattu Medical College hospital where emergency surgery was performed to save the life of the woman.

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The Deputy Director of Public Health Dr Senthil Kumar told the TOI, “Initial reports we received from the centre show it was an intrauterine death. The baby had to be removed to save the life of a woman. Such fetus can be distorted and have loss of skin. Since the baby was just 1.5kg, they decided that vaginal labour would not be a hazard. But during vaginal delivery the head was separated.”

The family of the woman filed a complaint alleging that it was medical negligence on the part of staffs at the PHC. They claimed that no qualified doctor was present at that time and the nurses instead of referring her for a safer Caesarean section, conducted the vaginal delivery.

Dr VK Palani, Deputy Director of Health Services, Saidapet, told the New Indian Express, “A preliminary inquiry conducted by a team of experts has indicated that the foetus had died in the womb at least 12 hours before the woman arrived at the PHC. There are chances of the head snapping off a dead foetus if the body is nearly decayed.”

Dr VK Palani told The News Minute, “This particular case occurred at an additional PHC, doctors there work from 9 am to 5 pm and there are staff nurses on call following that. The nurse who was handling the woman’s delivery has conducted several deliveries and is someone qualified to do so.”

He informed the daily that to avoid any such incident in future, all PHCs in the state were ordered to make it sure that a doctor remains present during any deliveries.

“We have given strict orders to all the PHCs in the state, additional and otherwise, to ensure that doctors are called in even after hours to attend to deliveries. Earlier this was not a protocol, because the staff nurses are more than well equipped to handle these cases,” he further said.



Source: with inputs
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    Shilpa Agarwal April 13, 2019, 8:52 pm

    Is TN health department really aware of doctor patient ratio esp in case of observation and gynecologist. N are they really aware how unpredictable is labor duration. If really they are, then they must focus on 1 to 1 doctor patient ratio, before passing such judgement

  2. I wonder if the sage 2 labour will wait till the doctor reaches the premise. What will happen if the sister refuses to conduct delivery, stating this order, when a patient in stage 2 is brought in. Simply super judgement.

  3. judgement.
    It should be the duty of Govt to employ enough no of doctor gynecologist at P H C
    So that they can cover all deliveries.

  4. The action is for the safety of the hospitalized patients, Drs as and wen needed to be present for medical emergencies, it is their duty as a professional.

  5. For that the doctor will be paid extra? No…! Then how come it was not mandatory before n now its mandatory….such disgusting beaurocracy….lot of things happen to lot of people…stick to the facts…punish who r responsible do not jst do what u think is right! Doctors have got their own families too!

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