130 patients admitted in 48-bed labour room of SMGS Hospital Jammu

Heavy rush forces doctors to discharge patients much earlier in violation of MCI norms

Jammu, Publish Date: Apr 23 2018 12:26AM | Updated Date: Apr 23 2018 12:26AM
130 patients admitted in 48-bed labour room of SMGS Hospital JammuGK Photo

In blatant violation of Medical Council of India (MCI) guidelines, the patients at Jammu’s premier SMGS maternity hospital are discharged earlier than the time they are supposed to remain admitted after delivery.

As per the MCI guidelines, the patient who has undergone caesarean surgery is supposed to be discharged from the hospital after at least 7 days, while in case of normal delivery the patient is to be discharged after at least 48 hours.

However, patients of caesarean are discharged from the SMGS Hospital after 4 days, while in case of normal delivery the patients are discharged on the same day or sometimes after 24 hours, which is against the laid down guidelines.

This is done due to heavy rush from across the region so that more and more patients coming to the hospital could be admitted.

The hospital has no other option than to discharge the patients days earlier because if not done other patients could not be admitted, doctors said.

In the 48 bed labour room of, 120 to 130 patents are admitted on daily basis, sources informed. “Sometimes the number of patients is 110, sometimes it is 120 and sometimes their number goes beyond 130,” they added.

This means there are 2 to 3 patients on one bed on any given day, which itself poses risk and increases chances of infection.

Officials said that there are 60 to 65 deliveries in the SMGS Hospital on a daily basis.

A senior doctor said that discharging patients earlier than the laid down guidelines “is very risky both for the mother and her child”. If after being discharged, the patient develops any complicacy, especially the one from far off areas, “the ramifications could be dangerous,” the doctor said.

Medical superintendent SMGS Hospital, Rajkumar Sangra, said that things would improve to a large extent once the additional 275-bed block is completed.

The SMGS Hospital bears the load of entire Jammu region right from Doda and Kishtwar at one end to Rajouri and Poonch at the other.

A senior officer of the health department said that poor referral policy is responsible for the mess in the hospital.

“Due to poor referral policy, there is heavy rush in the hospital,” he said adding, “The patients who otherwise could be treated in the district and sub-district hospitals are unnecessarily referred to the SMGS Hospital which results in heavy rush.”

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