Monday, March 1, 2010

Patient treated as 'specimen', given wrong injection

15 Feb 2010JAIPUR: A patient undergoing treatment at SMS Hospital for bone marrow infection was allegedly administered a wrong injection after which he developed complications and was rushed to the emergency ward. The patient, currently recuperating in the hospital, was reportedly taken to another ward by medical students as a ‘specimen’ for their college examination, during which the wrong medicine was given. As the patient developed complications, the nursing staff tore off the prescription of the medicine.

According to sources, the patient, Vijay Sharma, was undergoing treatment at 2F ward of the hospital and had been advised bone marrow transplant. As the surgery was unaffordable for his family, doctors at the ward had been providing best treatment to him.
However, on Saturday afternoon, he was taken to another ward by medical students and given an injection — Vanking 500 MG — in addition to other prescribed drugs. The patient soon developed rashes all over the body and complained of severe discomfort.
As the hospital staff realised their mistake, their first reaction was to destroy the evidence. “The nursing staff at the ward manhandled us and forcibly took away the prescription and tore it to pieces,” said a relative of the patient.
“After giving the injection, his condition deteriorated and the doctors at the 2F ward refused to accept him,” he added.

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