#LegallySpeaking: C/o Death of a Pt Post Percutaneous Nephro
• Tip:

~ Doctor should be imperative of reasonable degree of skill and knowledge and must exercise a reasonable degree of care.

• Background of the case:

~ The complainant took his wife to the Hospital 1 after she was diagnosed with a stone in the L kidney and the Urologist performed Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL) on her.

~ After discharge from the hospital the patient suffered from the cessation of urine, swelling of the face and the condition worsened as she developed loose motions, fever, and vomiting.

~ The doctors revealed that the patient was suffering from Fungal septicemia and multi-organ failure and soon she was taken to Hospital 2 for further management.

~ Unfortunately the patient died due to a fungal infection.

• Complainant's allegation:

~ The patient was discharged from the Hospital 1 on the next day after her surgery even when her condition was not normal.

~ The Complainant alleged that the treating doctor at Hospital 2 diagnosed it as an instrument-induced infection leading to Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

• Doctor's Defense:

~ The doctors and the hospital denied all these allegations and refused to accept that the patient developed septicemia due to instruments, adding that it might have developed at Hospital 2 itself.

• The Commission held that:

~ As soon as the treating hospital had suspected Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) they had referred the patient to the Hospital 2 without any delay.

~ During the ongoing recovery process at the Hospital 2, the patient was discharged on request and was re-admitted at the first hospital, where during treatment she finally died.

~ The Commission didn't find any medical negligence on the part of the urologist or any deviation from the standard of treatment and dismissed the case.

Source:
National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, New Delhi
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