Rajindra Hospital staff get clean chit over Covid patient’s death

Rajindra Hospital staff get clean chit over Covid patient’s death

Patiala, September 27

A report submitted by a three-member committee has not found any negligence on part of the staff in the death of a 65-year-old woman, who was found unattended on the stairs of the Covid-19 ward of Government Rajindra Hospital.

The death of the patient had raised a question mark on the quality of patient care in the Covid ward, prompting Medical Superintendent Dr HS Rekhi to order an inquiry.

Dr HS Rekhi, Medical Superintendent

No injury mark

The woman might have panicked and come out of the ICU. The staff was busy attending to other patients. The body did not bear any injury mark, indicating she did not fall down the stairs.

The woman reportedly remained unattended on the stairs for 45 minutes before a staff nurse raised the alarm. She died within a few hours after being shifted to the ICU. The report, submitted to the Medical Superintendent, said the woman had come out of the ICU and sat on the stairs, before passing away. She did not suffer a fall as there was no injury mark on the body, said the Medical Superintendent.

However, a post-mortem was not conducted to ascertain any internal injury. Hospital authorities said the post-mortem of a Covid patient was not allowed by the government due to the risk of exposure. The committee had sought an explanation from a staff nurse and a Class IV employee. However, Dr Rekhi said they did not find any negligence as both employees were busy attending to other patients. Dr Rekhi said they had installed CCTV cameras in the Covid ward now. — TNS

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