Kerala: Patient left waiting for spare ventilator

Stuck in ambulance for over four hours.

KOTTAYAM: A patient suffering from breathing difficulty, who was shifted from a private hospital at Thiruvalla to the MCH here on Wednesday, had to wait in the ambulance for over four hours due to the lack of a spare ventilator in the MCH. The doctors at the private hospital had told the relatives of the patient that medical colleges will have ventilator facility all the time. The plight suffered by the patient, N.K. Saaidharan Pillai, 58, of Pandalam, was explained to DC by his daughter Salini on Friday.

Pillai, who had breathing difficulty due to a neurological deficit, was undergoing treatment at the Believers Church hospital at Thiruvalla. However, he was shifted to the Kottayam medical college hospital on Wednesday as the family could not afford the huge expenses. Salini said that the doctor who administered treatment to her father at the Thiruvalla hospital told her that the MCH will have a full- time ventilator facility. “He told us that there was no need to ring up the MCH about arranging a ventilator,” she said.

Pillai was brought to the MCH by 4 p.m. and had to wait in the ambulance with ventilator facility till 8.30 p.m. The MCH authorities told Pillai' s relatives that they don't have a spare ventilator as the existing ones were engaged. Pillai has been shifted to the ICU and he can now breath without ventilator facility. Dr R Renjin, RMO of the Kottayam MCH hospital told DC that the Believers Church hospital authorities hadn't alerted the MCH on shifting of the patient who needed ventilator support, which they should have done when a hospital is to refer a patient to the MCH.

Meanwhile Winnie Elizabeth Johnson, PRO of the Believers Church hospital told DC that while the hospital authorities used to call them previously, since the MCH authorities used to come up with excuses against assurance regarding the ventilator facility citing increase in patient arrivals, they had stopped calling them anymore.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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