Death of infant at LD Hospital: Govt issues SOPs for referral patients

Death of infant at LD Hospital: Govt issues SOPs for referral patients
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Directive vindicates KR story about absence of SOPs in Health Department

Srinagar: The Health and Medical Education Department on Friday issued twelve Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for hospitals and health centers to be followed while referring a patient from one institution to another.
The order came days after the health department faced severe criticism following the death of a newborn baby when a woman from Kupwara was turned away from Lal Ded Hospital.
The inquiry into the incident had concluded that the on-duty postgraduate doctor violated SOP, for which the authorities suspended her. However, in an exclusive story Kashmir Reader highlighted that there were no SOPs for referral patients in any health institution.
The fresh directive issued by Commissioner/Secretary, Health and Medical Edcuation, Atal Dulloo issuing SOPs for referral patients has vindicated the story done by Kashmir Reader.
The directive said that the fresh SOPs have been issued to provide required level of treatment facilities to patients who require treatment that are not within the scope of services of a hospital and a referral is made to another hospital.
“The ‘On Duty’ Consultant/ Post Graduate/ BMO /Medical Officer shall decide referral from Peripheral Hospital / Health Care Centre to Tertiary Care Hospital,” the order said.
“The ‘Referral Slip’ of the patient should be duly signed by the ‘On Duty’ Consultant’ Post Graduate/ BMO /Medical Officer in the Peripheral Hospital/ Healthcare Centre. The doctor referring the patient should mention the following details on the referral slip:
Treatment received.
Status of the patient.
Reasons for referring the patient to Tertiary Care Hospital’,” it said.
“Also, when the patient is being referred, a Whatsapp message should immediately go to the Nodal Officer of the concerned referral hospital from the ‘On Duty’ Doctor so that necessary preparations are made well in advance,” the Health Commissioner has directed.
“The treating doctor besides signing the referral, should mention his name, designation, registration number and mobile number under his seal,” the commissioner said.
He further directed that in case the treating doctor decides to shift the patient in an ambulance, a medical attendant/ASHA worker, well versed with the ‘Resuscitation Drill’ should accompany the patient along with a Patient Referral Log in the prescribed format.
In case of pregnant women being referred to another hospital, the patient should be accompanied by a trained lady/ ASHA worker in the ambulance.
“While referring the patient to tertiary care hospital in an ambulance, the Log Book of the Ambulance should also be duly signed and stamped by the Doctor On Duty’ along with date & time of the departure of the ambulance,” the directive said.