4 hour Delay in Surgery: Kerala govt orders probe into death of Kidney Transplant Patient
The kidney was transported from Ernakulam to Thiruvananthapuram in an ambulance on Sunday within 2.5 hours, through a "Green Corridor System" created for this purpose.
Thiruvananthapuram: A patient in need of a kidney transplant has died at the medical college hospital in Thiruvananthapuram, allegedly due to a four-hour delay in the procedure, prompting the state government to order a probe into the incident.
The health minister has suspended the heads of the Nephrology and Urology departments after the death of the patient.
The kidney, which was harvested from a 34-year-old brain-dead donor in Ernakulam, was brought to the state capital on Sunday evening, hospital sources said.
However, the transplant surgery was allegedly delayed for around four hours.
"The patient died on Monday morning," hospital authorities told PTI.
State Health Minister Veena George directed the Additional Chief Secretary (Health) to conduct an investigation and submit a report.
"Stern action will be taken against those who are responsible for the lapses," the Minister said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the State Human Rights Commission registered a case in this connection and directed the Director of Medical Education to inquire into the incident and file a detailed report within four weeks.
The panel initiated the probe following a complaint lodged by two rights activists.
The health minister said that the preliminary report submitted by the additional chief secretary (health) had pointed out the possibility of a "coordination failure" at the Medical College.
"It is on the basis of the report of the ACS that the two doctors have been temporarily suspended and a comprehensive probe has been ordered into the incident, reports On Manorama.
The kidney was transported from Ernakulam to Thiruvananthapuram in an ambulance on Sunday within 2.5 hours, through a "Green Corridor System" created for this purpose, the complaint said.
A green corridor is a special traffic route set up with the help of police, to facilitate smooth and fast transportation of vital organs to save human lives.
The complaint against the Nephrology and Urology departments of the medical college, alleges that the surgery was held after a delay of three hours.