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What are your Critical Care Guidelines: Delhi Court asks Govt, Private Hospitals


What are your Critical Care Guidelines: Delhi Court asks Govt, Private Hospitals

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the response of the Delhi government and three private hospitals here on a plea seeking directions to frame binding critical care guidelines for Delhi government-run and private hospitals.

The court also asked five doctors of the three private hospitals to file their replies to the petition filed by a woman, whose mother had died of cardiac arrest due to alleged medical negligence.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru listed the matter for further hearing on April 23.

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The Delhi government, which was asked by the court to file its response to the petition earlier also, was granted more time to submit its reply.

The court was hearing the plea filed by the woman, a neuroscientist in the US, who has prayed for directions to provide basic and advanced critical life support cardiopulmonary resuscitation training to all the doctors and nurses under the Delhi government’s jurisdiction.

The court had earlier stressed the dire need for proper critical care training to paramedics.

The woman, in her petition filed through advocate Jai Dehadrai, has highlighted the “criminal neglect” suffered by her mother “at the hands of two hospitals and five doctors, who blatantly refused to admit or treat her while she laid helplessly dying in her car”.

The victim had died on February 9, 2017 after she was refused entry into two private hospitals in east Delhi.

Dehadrai had said the woman was not seeking any compensation from the hospitals but wanted directions for framing guidelines for hospitals.

The plea has also sought a direction to the Delhi government and the Directorate General of Health Services to permanently shut down the two hospitals and cancel the medical licence and permission granted to them, alleging that they were “nothing more than death traps”.

It has also sought cancellation of licences and degrees of the five doctors, who were allegedly directly responsible for causing the death of the victim by denying her treatment.

“Direct the Government of NCT of Delhi and the Directorate General of Health Services to draft binding medical guidelines for all private and government hospitals in Delhi to ensure admission of dying/critical patients brought in an emergency situation and specifically, the victims of cardiac arrest.

“Set up a commission of inquiry under the stewardship of a retired high court judge to investigate and ascertain the quality of emergency healthcare facilities provided in the National Capital Region of Delhi,” the plea says.

It adds that when the woman was taken to the first hospital, the doctor there, who had an MBBS degree, neither attended to the emergency situation nor provided any treatment and refused her admission.

The doctor had also asked the attendant to take the victim to another hospital, the plea says.

Source: PTI
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    DR RAMESHVARDHAN February 2, 2019, 10:43 am

    MY QUESTIONS TO INDIAN JUDICIARY , WHY THERE ARE 3 CRORE CASES PENDING IN THE INDIAN COUTRS ? HOW YOU ARE GOING BRING IT DOWN CLEAR THESE CASES SUPPOSE TAKE MORE THAN 300 YEARS . DO THEY WISH TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS …????. WHAT KIND JUSTICE WE CAN ANTICIPATE FROM SUCH A LOUSY SYSTEM. I REMEMBER JUSTICE THAKUR CRYING LIKE A HELPLESS KID BEFORE THE MEDIA , FOR KIND OF JUSTICE OUR CITIZENS GETTING . ( THERE IS PROVERB IN USA \” WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE SHIT FROM ANY ANGLE ,IT REMAINS SHIT \”). WHO IS GOING TO CLEAN UP THIS SHIT , WHICH IS PILING UP MUCH BIGGER THAN MOUNT EVEREST. ANY BODY HAS , ANY SATISFACTING ANSWERS . ???.

  2. Can any Judge or Governmental Officials introspect why this situation is happening with the hospitals? It is because of them only.

  3. As per MCI guidelines and general Ethical principles, any doctor is not supposed to undertake any task which is beyond his capacity. If said MBBS doctor is not competent/trained to deal with this emergency of cardiac cardiac arrest, it\’s appropriate for him to refer patient to higher centre. What\’s the negligence here?? It\’s the govt job to ensure pre hospital care, ambulance availability and paramedic training. It\’s very to blame private doctors and hospitals to cover govtment gross neglect.

  4. Im sorry to say ..but having MBBS ..doctor cannot deny entry as he is bound to resuscitate any emergency stabilize the patient and then he can refer if he is not competent to continue or needs specialist. But u cannot refuse entry in an emergency .

  5. Even with MBBS qualification different doctors have different abilities. One should treat and care for the patient only if he/she is confident. It is better and safe to refuse treatment at the beginning if one is not confident especially not knowing what is happening to a patient in a car. Good Samaritan treatment may only delay the definitive care and golden hour treatment of the patient and may even harm the patient and in turn doctor may have to face a negligence case any way. That is the reason all the basic life support courses suggest treatment at the nearest well equipped hospital rather than next door hospital.

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    Dr RAMESHVARDHAN February 2, 2019, 11:17 am

    There is QUESTION of reffering the cardiac arrest case ……..any body can deal with such situation , PROVIDED S/ he has undergone BLS / BLTS TRAINING. STARTING FROM THE GUY WHO STANDS BEHIND THE JUDGE , MR HARIRHOO…..TO JUDGE HIMSELF / HERSELF . NEXT THERE EASY ACCESS TO CARDIAC DEFIBRILLATORS AND OXYGEN CYCLENDERS ALL AROUND THE PUBLIC PLACESES.