The death of Bhiku Tambe, 54, on Saturday after he underwent a Computed Topography (CT) scan at GT Hospital could be a result of ‘Betaloc’ medications that he was administered during the procedure, according to the preliminary findings of the three-member inquiry committee investigating the case.
Patients like Tambe who suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) should not be given (contraindicated) betaloc drugs because it can send them into respiratory failure, doctors said.
Betaloc medications are given to patients to reduce their pulse rate. These can be fatal for patients suffering from COPD as their lungs do not have the capacity to pump an adequate amount of oxygen.
In what could have been an effort to cover up on the doctors’ negligence at GT Hospital and St George Hospital to which Tambe was admitted on December 4 for breathlessness, the doctors at GT Hospital’s casualty ward declared him dead at around 3:55pm and did not ask for a post mortem, which is mandatory in such cases.
“If the post mortem was conducted, the real cause of death could have been ascertained. As doctors from St George didn’t accompany Tambe to GT Hospital, his history of COPD was probably not clear,” said a senior doctor.
And even though Tambe had been declared dead, doctors came ferried his body in an ambulance to St George Hospital’s ICU and declared the death at around 6:30pm.
The committee will submit their report in a few days.