‘Sub-standard anaesthesia’ causes complications in Lal Ded patients

‘Sub-standard anaesthesia’ causes complications in Lal Ded patients

Inquiry ordered, drugs taken off the shelves

SRINAGAR: Following a series of complications in patients administered anaesthesia in Kashmir’s premier maternity Lal Ded hospital, the authorities have ordered to stop the supply of spinal anaesthesia injection Bupivicaine. The doctors suspect the injection supplied through the official agency is the culprit for subjecting the patients to episodes of hyperirritability, somnolence and headache.
Sources said that anaesthetists moved an application to medical superintendent LD hospital Dr Mushtaq Ahmad on May 14 complaining that the spinal injection is causing complications in patients. On an average, 50 patients undergo anaesthesia-preceded surgeries in the hospital.
“The consultant on call, Dr Mir Muzaffar has suspected injection Bupivicaine used for lumbar subarachnoid block as the incriminating factor. The matter is of serious concern and needs urgent attention,” the application reads.
Earlier, Gynea unit head at GB Pant hospital along with consultant anaesthesiology Dr Javaid Naqashbandi has come up with the similar complaint on May 16.
The doctors have recommended immediate ban on the supply of the injection for the safety of patients. The complaints have been pouring in for quite some time but the authorities chose to ignore the complaints.
Principal Government Medical College, Dr Qaiser Ahmad said that an inquiry has been ordered and the drug has been taken off the shelves. “We are on the job. We have already taken the stock off the shelves and have ordered an enquiry”, Ahmad told Kashmir Reader on phone. He said doctors, anaesthetists and pharmacologists are involved in the investigation. “They will investigate it fully following which we can take the final call,” he said.

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