A woman admitted to the Gayani ICU of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College cum Hospital in Bhagalpur died on Friday night. The woman’s breath was running with the help of a ventilator, during which time the power went out and the generator also stopped working. The extent was reached when the battery on the ventilator also cheated at the last moment. The result was that the patient stopped receiving oxygen and died.
Nirmala Devi, the 55-year-old wife of Chandrasekhar Prasad, a resident of Boudhanath, was admitted to the Emergency at Mayaganj Hospital at 9 am on Friday. Seeing the serious illness, the doctors immediately shifted to Gaini ICU. The anesthetics deployed in the ICU put the patient on a C-Pap ventilator. After this, the patient’s health started improving.
At around 8:55 pm, suddenly the Gayani ICU power was cut off. After two to three minutes of the power cut, the ventilator also stopped working. The family took the patient to the ventilator on the second bed. By the time the ventilator starts working, the patient has died at around 9:05 pm. Three minutes after the death, the ICU was supplied electricity through a generator. Investigation revealed that the ventilator battery was also poor. Otherwise, the patient would have had the support of a ventilator even though there was no power supply from the generator.
When the power was cut from the doctor to the ICU nurse, the security guard of the outsourcing agency supplying the electricity was missing. He was not found even after finding relatives. Even the responsibility of monitoring the patients admitted in the ICU was the nurse posted in the ICU, but the power remained cut for 10 minutes. In the absence of oxygen, the female patient continued to suffer. During this time there was not a single nurse posted in the ICU. The 24-hour doctor’s deployment in the ICU is claimed by the hospital administration, but doctors were also missing during this time.
Even if the ventilator had no power supply, the ventilator should have been powered by a battery. Prima facie, the outsourcing agency, the guard, the nurse and the doctor posted in the ICU are feeling negligent. This matter will be investigated. Strict action will be taken against the culprits. – Dr. Kumar Gaurav, Superintendent In-Charge, Mayaganj Hospital