Inform your patients about any deficiency / shortcoming at the earliest - Court
Following precautions have been advised by the Court:
-Whenever a shortcoming or deficiency is noticed, the patient must be immediately informed about the same and must also be advised suitable further action/s
-Pathologists must clearly record in the reports whether the findings are definitive or suggestive and if some further confirmatory tests are required to be done
- Hospitals must keep patients with communicable diseases in isolated wards and the requisite protocol for communicable diseases must be strictly followed. Even the closest relatives must be advised to remain away from the patient
Facts of the case
The patient, a 7 year boy, had pain in throat and fever. The pediatrician advised blood tests, which were done by the pathologist and "suggestive of Coryneabacterious Diptheria" was reported. The pediatrician referred the patient to the Government Hospital where the patient was admitted, but kept in an isolated ward. Inj. Cryst Penicillin was administered and the patient's father was informed that Anti-Diphtheria Serum (ADS) was not available and he should arrange for the same. The patient was taken to another city where after performing blood tests, the patient was diagnosed to be suffering from tonsillitis and not diphtheria and accordingly treated.