Paediatrics department of PGI tops the list with maximum deaths: Annual report
The department has again topped the list with maximum deaths of admitted patients. This perhaps had to do with the fact that the department had the maximum number of patients in a year.punjab Updated: May 22, 2017 14:15 IST
Nearly 28% of children admitted to the paediatrics department of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) died in a year, says the institute’s recently released annual report for 2015-16.
The department has again topped the list with maximum deaths of admitted patients. This perhaps had to do with the fact that the department had the maximum number of patients in a year.
Of a total of 87,973 patients admitted to 28 PGIMER departments in 2015-16, about 6% (4,667) died. The departments of paediatric medicine, cardiology and gynaecology had the maximum number of patient intake.
Of the total admissions, 22% patients (19,283) were admitted to the paediatrics department alone. The percentage of deaths out of the total number of patients was 14% and 11% at the cardiology and gynaecology departments.
The high volume of admissions in the paediatrics section puts more pressure on its limited resources. Of the 1,297 admitted children who died at the department during the same period, 259 were reported in its surgery section.
In 2014-15, 20% deaths were reported in paediatrics emergency, 6% in paediatrics medicine and 6% in paediatrics surgery.
Besides, 7% deaths were reported in the cardiology departement while only 1.5% deaths took place in the gynaecology 1.5% in 2015-16.
WHY KIDS ARE DYING?
Experts say late referrals of critically sick children from primary health centres and overcrowding of the paediatrics emergency are two main reasons behind the maximum deaths reported at the department.
“Most of the babies are referred quite late to the PGIMER. By the time they reach here they are in a critical condition. Furthermore, almost every baby needs intensive care but we cannot provide the facility to everyone because of overcrowding,” said Dr Surjit Singh, head, advanced paediatrics centre, PGIMER.
Dr Singh said the patient load on the department is 5-6 times of its capacity. “There are 24 beds but 150-200 babies admitted. We do not refuse any patient and try our best to save lives,” he said.