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Did PGI brass ignore warning signals?

Much before Anupama's death, advanced trauma centre incharge Dr Sameer Aggarwal had pointed out the long list of patients awaiting surgeries as operation theatres at the centre were not fully functional. It seems that the PGI authorities ignored warnings signs.

chandigarh Updated: Aug 20, 2012 10:25 IST
Vishav Bharti
Vishav Bharti
Hindustan Times

It seems that the PGI authorities ignored warnings signs, and thereby created conditions that led to the tragic death of a promising youngster, Anupama, whose leg was crushed under a CTU bus.

Much before the death of the 16-year-old girl, advanced trauma centre (ATC) incharge Dr Sameer Aggarwal had pointed out the long list of patients awaiting surgeries since ATC operation theatres were not fully functional.

According to PGI sources, Dr Aggarwal wrote a letter to the hospital administration in March, revealing the backlog of patients in the emergency. He also pointed out "long stay of patients in ATC of the emergency for want of operations".

He had asked for "ample workforce and timetable for surgeries" so that operation theatres could function to their optimum capacity and emergency medical cases could be dealt with promptly.

Even now, only two of the five operation theatres at the ATC are functional, handled by the orthopaedics department. Neurosurgery OTs have not started functioning even one-and-a-half years after the advanced trauma centre was opened for patients.

Dr Aggarwal's letter was discussed at a meeting attended by the PGI director, dean and medical superintendent and heads of departments. It was also pointed out that there were 23 patients in the emergency OPD and 54 patients in emergency wards, who were kept for more than 72 hours in the emergency.

However, additional operation timetable was not given on regular basis and thus ATC operation theatres couldn't function to optimum levels.

Sources revealed that emergency operation theatres could not get fully functional as the anaesthesia department doesn't have ample workforce at its disposal.

"There has always been an acute shortage of staff; still we have been managing the rush at the trauma centre and providing healthcare, despite the fact that it is much beyond our capacity," said PGI spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar.

Anupama, a student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, and a resident of Mauli Jagran complex, was taken to the PGI trauma centre after her leg got crushed under a CTU bus on July 17. She succumbed to her injuries early morning on July 24.

The family alleged that Anupama was not given proper care at the ATC. Her treatment was delayed, which first led to amputation of her leg and then due to delay in surgery, the infection spread to her entire body and it developed into a case of gas gangrene. The condition led to sepsis and ultimately death.

First Published: Aug 20, 2012 10:22 IST