Chandigarh 2010 blood transfusion case: Six years on, three doctors acquitted

The doctors asked Suman’s husband Des Raj, to arrange a unit of blood for transfusion, by giving him the requisition slip.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:August 19, 2016 4:48 am

AFTER A trial of six years, a local court Wednesday acquitted three doctors in case pertaining to wrong blood group transfused to a patient Suman, who was nine months pregnant, by doctors of Government Multi Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16.

The case dates back to December 16, 2010, when Suman, a resident of Colony No 4, Industrial Area, who was nine months pregnant at the time, was advised by a team of doctors of the hospital to undergo blood transfusion. Suman was subsequently admitted and a team of doctors and technicians, including Dr Kirti Sood, Dr Navdeep and Dr Manpreet respectively were assigned the duties to handle the case.

The doctors asked Suman’s husband Des Raj, to arrange a unit of blood for transfusion, by giving him the requisition slip.

The blood was arranged by Des Raj. However, soon after the transfusion, Suman started feeling uneasy. Her husband tried to inform the doctors or nurses, but the doctors concerned were not available immediately. The patient was eventually attended to by the doctor concerned, who told Des Raj that there was no cause for concern. But Suman’s condition deteriorated, leading to the death of the full-term foetus and failure of the patient’s kidney.

Investigations revealed it came to light that the doctors had transfused blood group B+ to Suman, though her blood group was A+. It was further revealed that there were two patients of the same name (Suman) and doctors erroneously transfused the wrong blood group.

An inquiry was conducted on the directions of the administration. On the basis of the inquiry report dated January 3, 2011, submitted by the Sub Divisional Magistrate, South, Union Territory, Chandigarh the three doctors were found guilty.

However, the statement of SDM South was not recorded in the court during the trial. Talking to the Chandigarh Newsline, the defence counsel said, “The FIR was based entirely on the inquiry report submitted by SDM (south) and neither the SDM (south) nor any evidence of the inquiry was produced.”

What the report said

Dr Kirti Sood, lab technician: She issued the blood bag without cross-checking for the requisite important details of the patient and, more particularly, the blood group.

Dr Navdeep, intern: She initiated the transfusion to the patient without checking and re-checking the requisite details of the patient with the details given on the blood bag and started the transfusion on the presumption that the blood bag lying beside the patient is meant for the patient only.

Dr Manpreet, house surgeon: The role played by Dr Manpreet, the house surgeon, is also not a small one. She, being wholly responsible for the transfusion of the blood to patients in the labour room, failed to check for the required details in the blood bag.

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