LD hospital catches infection

Patients Face Life Threat; Officials Blame ‘Free Flow Of Attendants’


Srinagar, Jan 23: Patients at Kashmir’s lone maternity specialty, Lal Ded hospital here, are facing life threat due to possibility of cross infections as the authorities have failed to adopt an effective infection control mechanism at the hospital. The officials however blame “poor attendant control” for the “deteriorating situation.”
According to medicos, the patients are at the risk of getting infection in absence of proper sterilization methods used to sanitize dressing and surgical equipments. “Most of the vital areas in the hospital including Casualty and Operation Theaters are without proper sterilization units, thus threatening lives of patients,” said a medico, wishing anonymity.
Officials say the poor infection control mechanism and free flow of attendants to the hospital is compounding the problem. “It leads to the greater risk of serious complications for patients and even death in some cases. The deadly microbes including the antibiotic-resistant bacteria cause sepsis, gangrene, pneumonia or even more deadly diseases like hepatitis, making the situation worse for the ladies post-delivery,” the medicos said.
Doctors said the patients acquire infections usually during the process of dressing and also while delivering babies as the ‘aseptic technique’ is missing in the most vulnerable places like labor rooms, operation theaters, postoperative wards and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
“In operation theater, spinal trolleys are not aseptic. They are used for many patients.  No sterile gowns and sponge holders are available. Same single sponge holder has been used for many years to hundreds and thousands of patients and one imagines the infection rate especially fatal meningitis and local site infections. Nobody bothers to get new sponge holder for every new patient,” said a senior doctor, wishing anonymity. “If some HIV or Hepatitis infected patient comes to the hospital for delivery, chances are that infection may spread to other patients undergoing surgeries in the same hospital.”
It has been learnt that the Infection Control Committee is non-functional in the hospital. “The hospital even lacks soaps, wash rooms and sterilized gloves in high risk areas like dressing rooms, casualty and operation theater,” sources said. “The basic sanitation also needs to be addressed in every unit.”
Adding to the already messy situation is the poor attendant control in place as authorities have failed to make security system foolproof.
Doctors accuse the security guards of “not performing their duties properly.” “The securitymen deployed in the hospital either remain absent or take their job casually. There is no attendant-control mechanism during night hours,” they said.
Despite repeated attempts, Medical Superintendent of the hospital couldn’t be contacted.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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