Don’t change the hospital, you are risking your life


Experts say that smaller hospitals often have better infrastructure


After fee troubles, lack of beds and other facilities, sub-standard ambulances, the latest problem for hospitals is patients abruptly shifting to a bigger healthcare facility. After taking treatment for two to three days in a mid-sized hospital, patients often get a bed in a bigger hospital and shift abruptly in ambulances which do not have proper facilities, leading to a deterioration of their health condition.

“Many patients get admitted in our hospital and take treatment for a couple of days, and once they get a bed in a bigger hospital, they seek discharge to get admission there. People are not aware that the treatment protocol is same all over India as it is fixed by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), said Dr Suri Raju V, Chief Urologist and managing director of Regal Hospital.

“We have also observed many cases getting worse during the transfer as the ambulance facilities are not always up to the mark leading to fatalities at times. At this juncture, people should take care of their health and luxury of a more sophisticated institute should be postponed,” he added.

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He added that in once there was a covid-postive patient who came to the emergency at Regal Hospital and was admitted and given the necessary treatment. “When the patient was recovering, the patient’s guardian approached the hospital for a premature discharge and when we enquired further, we were told that they secured a bed in a bigger hospital. Unfortunately, as the bed in the other hospital was also taken by an emergency admission and the bed at our hospital was replaced by a new patient, the previous occupant was left to wait in the ambulance” added Dr Raju.

This patient ended up risking his life while waiting for vacancies at other hospitals and his condition deteriorated to the point that he had to be put on NIV (Non-invasive ventilator).

Ambulances are not equipped

Doctors say that the ambulances are not always well-equipped and there is a delay in transferring and admitting the patients to a different hospital. “Shifting of critical patients is a risky affair because they are not given consistent medical care which is in turn leading to severe health conditions,” said Dr Raju.

“Sonam (name changed) decided to wait till she got a bed in a bigger hospital and eventually was brought to our hospital in a bad condition requiring ventilator support. It might not be a good plan to wait for a particular hospital. An early admission and treatment helps covid-19 patients. Many 50 to 100-bed hospitals have good infrastructure and are capable of managing sick patients. Also, since they have smaller ICUs with 10-15 beds, they have specialists who can monitor changes in every patient, giving them individualised care,” said Dr Jagadish Hiremath, CEO of Ace Suhas Hospital.



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