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Surgeries postponed as PGI, implant supplier do not talk

On Saturday, two patients were called for a surgery after a week long wait but the surgery never happened. Owning to this, one patient’s blood pressure also dipped.

punjab Updated: Jul 09, 2017 18:44 IST
Tanbir Dhaliwal
Health secretary CK Mishra had inaugurated the facility by distributing ortho implants to patients at PGI, Chandigarh, on June 27.
Health secretary CK Mishra had inaugurated the facility by distributing ortho implants to patients at PGI, Chandigarh, on June 27.(HT Photo)

Poor communication between the orthopedics department and Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) outlet at the PGIMER has caused harassment to patients who were scheduled to undergo surgeries on Saturday.

Within few days of its inauguration, issues have started to leak out and a blame game has begun between the doctors and the AMRIT officials.

On Saturday, two patients were called for a surgery after a week long wait but the surgery never happened. Owning to this, one patient’s blood pressure also dipped.

An 80-year-old had to undergo bipolar arthroplasty (surgical procedure that replaces one-half of the hip joint with a prosthetic, while leaving the other half intact) and second one, 55 year-old, had to undergo revision hip arthroplasty.

The doctors say they couldn’t perform the procedure as the patients could not get ortho implants from AMRIT outlet.

“The patients are here, doctors are ready and entire team is here, yet we are not able to operate as the officials from AMRIT outlet are saying that they want at least 48 hours time,” said one of the surgeons.

“For revision arthroplasty, AMRIT provides equipments of only one company. However, in such cases, we need equipments of various important companies in the operation theater, as we don’t know which company’s implant was used earlier,” he added.

What AMRIT officials have to say?

“The patient that was to be operated on Saturday was a case of revision arthroplasty and such cases are planned much in advance. This patient was also lying in operation theatre for almost a week. The doctor never informed AMRIT officials in advance that equipments are required,” said an AMRIT official.

He added that instead of communicating with AMRIT, the doctor called a supplier who informed them at 12am.

“We provide implants of at least five topmost companies, but we should be inform a little in advance, so that we can arrange all equipments,” he said.

‘Will resolve all issues’

“The initiative is in the initial stages and some problems will come. However, we are looking into every problem and it will be sorted out immediately. Initially, there will be some reluctance but soon things will be sorted out,” said Dr Kaushal.

At the PGIMER, it is mandatory that purchase of all ortho implants will happen through the AMRIT outlet. Earlier, doctors directly used to deal with company dealers and would refer patients to dealers.

A question was raised on this practice and PGIMER passed instructions that doctors will not deal with company dealers.

The facility of provision of ortho implant at AMRIT outlet was started by Union health secretary, CK Mishra on June 27.