In the last few days, three patients, who were admitted to Durgapur Ispat Main Hospital in Burdwan with various problems, died after receiving a blood transfusion. In all three cases, the blood was supplied by the hospital’s blood bank and the patients’ condition deteriorated after the transfusion.
They were shifted to a private facility where they died. The post-mortem report of one patient concluded that she had gone into septic shock following the transfusion.
The hospital director has set up a three-member inquiry committee to probe the deaths. Sources said the blood given was probably contaminated. So far, none of the three patients’ families have lodged any written complaint with the health department.
Of the deceased is Bachhi Devi (55), a resident of Durgapur’s B-zone, who was admitted to the Durgapur Ispat hospital with pain in her abdomen. After the doctors examined her, they concluded that she was anaemic. She was given a blood transfusion, with the hospital’s blood bank supplying the blood. Soon, her condition began deteriorating and her family shifted her to the Durgapur mission hospital where she died.
Bachhi Devi was admitted to the mission hospital last Wednesday on September 02, around 8:48pm and died around 1:45pm on September 03. The postmortem report says that she went into septic shock after her body reacted to the blood transfusion.
Meanwhile, as the news of the deaths of Bachhi and two others spread, the families of other patients started alleging that the hospital’s blood bank was supplying contaminated blood. They also accused the hospital of gross negligence, prompting it to set up the probe committee.
After the deaths, the West Bengal blood safety team from Swastha Bhavan and a central team are on their way to the Ispat hospital to enquire into the matter. Dr AK Sing, director (medical and health service), Durgapur Steel Plant, has asked the officials concerned to find out what happened and whether there was any contamination.
On Sunday, the hospital director conducted a meeting with the officials concerned and set up an internal inquiry committee to probe the matter.
SN Chowdhury, the in-charge of the blood bank at Durgapur Ispat hospital, told HT that the director of the hospital has set up a three-member inquiry team to probe the matter. He added that two high-level teams — one from the Centre and one from the state — were on their way to the hospital.