A team of health department inspected more than 10 private nursing homes on Sunday to check whether protocols regarding treatment of dengue patients were followed.
The action was taken by the department officials after they came to know that some private nursing homes were creating panic among dengue patients regarding platelet count.
The health department officials were receiving frequent complaints that private nursing homes were unnecessarily administering platelets to dengue patients. Notably, there is no need to administer platelets when the count is above 10,000. Excessive blood platelets can increase load on heart of the patients.
The team also inspected whether the nursing homes were following the protocols of World Health Organisation (WHO) in treating the dengue patients. The team found that there was lack of staff at a few nursing homes. Irregularities in platelet tests were also found during inspection.
"Our teams visited several private nursing homes and hospitals. We found lacunas at some nursing homes. We will compile a report of entire activity done by our teams and will submit is to principal secretary (PS) health Praveer Krishn. Further course of action would be decided by the PS," said director health Dr KK Thassu.
The health department has decided to serve notices to three nursing homes: AK Hospital, Siddhanta Hospital and Shreemaya Hospital. These nursing homes were not following the norms, the officials said.