THIRTEEN PEOPLE who underwent cataract surgery at the government-run Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital in Mehdipatnam here have lost vision after developing severe infection.
All 13 were operated on June 30 in operation theatre number 2. Patients who underwent surgery in other operation theatres have had no complaints, it was informed.
These 13 patients started developing infection soon after the surgery, and doctors found puss formation on Monday. Their relatives staged a demonstration demanding action against doctors for alleged negligence.
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While Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr Rajender Gupta said medicines used could have been contaminated and resulted in the infection, hospital sources said contamination took place inside the operation theatre. Traces of deadly bacteria, Klebsiella and E.coli, were found during testing of swabs taken from patients’ eyes by the hospital’s Microbiology Department, sources said.
“This contamination is not found in medicine,’’ a source said.
“The 13 were operated on June 30, and we found signs of infection the next day when we opened the bandages,” Dr Gupta said. “We immediately started corrective procedures, and six of them will recover full vision — as they have responded positively to the treatment. The remaining seven patients are under observation.”
The deputy MS said preliminary investigations indicate “Klebsiella bacteria was present in the solution, but we have sent samples to Osmania and other hospitals to ascertain the source of the contamination’’.