Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Achala's Amputated Hand

Achala ,the law student ended up with an amputation of left upper limb above elbow while being treated for a mid forearm fracture.
We heard a lot about sophisticated prosthetic limbs,rescheduling examinations,getting her mother down from Lebanon etc.She was visited by many politicians and political mileage was gathered.
About three  years back a one and a half year old child was amputated under similar conditions and we are not aware as to what was done .
We are not aware of what happened in Matara Hospital.
The reason could be three things or a combination of three factors.
1.System failure.(A fault in the system adapted to deal with patients.The coordination between care givers depends on the system)
3. Incompetence..
The action should be directed towards prevention of recurrences.There should be short term medium term and long term action.If it is system failure the system should be revised.If it is negligence the short term action is punishing those responsible .In long term personnel should be trained to handle reponsibility and action should be taken to improve their moral attitudes.If it was incompetence training should be reviewed .

What seems to be done does not look meaningful


Anonymous Medical Inquirer said...

What had happened and what should have happened is beside the point.Yes, it is a tragic occurrence. Finding of the culprits if there is any is the sole authority of the relevant regulatory and disciplinary bodies. What must be emphasized and explored diligently is the cause of the amputation and to explore avenues to prevent further incidents such as that. Thank you , for your blog.

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