Srinagar: A 38-year-old female was operated on February 14 (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) by Dr Bashir Cheechak at our hospital. The surgery was successful with no intra-operative or post operative complications. The patient recovered well and regained consciousness within the normal range of time for the anesthesia used.
At night patient’s family asked for a hot water bottle which was provided by the hospital staff. Apparently they kept the bottle close to the patient’s abdomen and since she had received anesthesia for the surgery she did not feel any pain/burns. In the early morning superficial burns were identified on the abdominal wall by the doctors and immediately treated with antiseptic dressing. Patient improved over the next two days and remained stable without any further complications. She was discharged on February 16. On February 19, after five days they returned for routine dressing and an attendant entered into the theater with shoes. After requesting him to take off shoes he began an altercation with hospital staff and manhandled the theatre assistant there, threatening him that he was from army. He later called police to arrest him which they did. The BMO Sopore conducted investigation and has not found any evidence of medical negligence on the doctors or hospitals part. It should be noted that the patient remains ambulatory, pain free and has recovered well from the surgery as was ascertained by the investigating team as well. Despite this, our theater assistant remains in police custody and the attendant claiming to belong to army continue to harass him and the hospital staff. We are disturbed by this hooliganism and unfortunately hardly any of the reporters contacted us for our version. We have complained to the police that no case was registered against this attendant for barging into the theatre which is an aseptic/clean zone.