A 50-year old man,who suffered contusions in his brain and serious chest injuries in an alleged hit-and-run case on Monday,succumbed to injuries on Tuesday after he was denied admission at two government hospitals within a span of 24 hours.
After the accident around 5.40 pm,Musafir Yadav was first rushed to AIIMS Trauma Centre,which referred him to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital that sent him to Lok Nayak Hospital.
The two hospitals claimed they did not have any vacant beds with ventilator support. Even at LN Hospital,Yadav did not get ventilator support but was provided with an ambubag (a hand held device that needs to be pumped constantly to assist in breathing).
Yadav was reportedly hit by a white Mahindra Xylo while he was on way to pick up his wife,who works as a peon at Mausam Bhawan. Yadav was riding his scooter and was on Max Mueller Marg,in New Delhi district,when the SUV crashed into him.
Eyewitnesses told police that it was a new car with a temporary registration number. Police said the registration number provided to them was not correct.
A passerby took Yadav to AIIMS Trauma Centre in an auto. A case of accident and causing death due to negligence has been registered, said K C Dwivedi,Additional CP (New Delhi).
Yadavs wife Rama told Newsline that the family rushed to AIIMS as soon as they got a call from police. By then,AIIMS Emergency had already administered basic emergency care performed a CT scan to confirm the extent of head injuries and intubated Yadav for chest injuries.
Doctors told us that no bed was empty and he could not be admitted, said Rama.
Consultant (Neurosurgery) at AIIMS Trauma Centre Dr Pankaj Singh,who treated Yadav,said: We did a CT scan and found two hemorrhages in the subdural region. But both were mild. He also had fractures in ribs,so we inserted a chest tube. His condition was critical and he needed a ventilator,which we did not have available,so we referred him to RML Hospital.
At RML,Yadavs family was told that adequate facilities were not available there. The staff asked us to take him to LN Hospital, said Yadavs son Vijay.
MS of RML Dr T S Sidhu and Chief Casualty Medical Officer Dr Sunil Saxena did not provide an official response despite repeated attempts.
Neither AIIMS nor RML provided Yadav with an ambulance a basic rule mandated by government and judicial notifications in case of referrals due to lack of resources or facilities.
AIIMS Trauma Centre said it did not have enough ambulances to accommodate all patients.
Yadav was admitted to LN Hospital Emergency on Monday night. Doctors at Lok Nayak said no beds were vacant in the ICU. My husband passed away at 11.45 pm on Tuesday, Rama said.
Chief Casualty Medical Officer at LN Hospital Dr RS Tolia said,We did a CT scan. Since he was already intubated and his brain contusions did not require any surgical intervention,we were only giving conservative treatment. We gave him an ambubag.