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26th August 2018
Delhi Hospital and a doctor asked to pay Rs. 20 lakh as compensation due to intra-arterial phenargan

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Intra-arterial phenargan is a known complication in 2 in 57575 cases

In a 2001 case, Delhi's VIMHANS hospital and a doctor have been asked to pay Rs. 20 lakh as compensation on grounds of treatment offered to a 12-year-old boy, which led to the amputation of four fingers of his right hand on grounds of giving an intra-arterial injection of phenargan instead of an intravenous injection.

The information contained in the package insert should have been cited as a defence. According to the package insert, aspiration of dark blood does not preclude intra-arterial placement of the needle because blood can become discolored upon contact with promethazine...read more

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Morning MEDTalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 26th August 2018

Intra-arterial phenargan is a known complication in 2 in 57575 cases. In a 2001 case, Delhi's VIMHANS hospital and a doctor have been asked to pay Rs. 20 lakh as compensation on grounds of treatment offered to a 12-year-old boy, which led to the amputation of four fingers of his right hand on grounds of giving an intra-arterial injection of phenargan instead of an intravenous route.... read more

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Installation of automatic external defibrillators and training in cardio pulmonary resuscitation mandatory for saving lives
Delhi High Court accepts a PIL by the Heart Care Foundation of India on the issue
 
New Delhi, 25 August 2018: The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Delhi High Court recently accepted and converted a representation filed by the Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) into Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on the issue of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machine in public places such as courts, railways and metro. The move comes after various applications were filed by the HCFI to several bodies indicating the absence of AED machines in public places and lack of training in CPR technique.

The WHO estimates that about 5.8 lakh and 1.15 lakh die of stroke and cardiac arrest every year around the world. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the number one killer in India. As per the Delhi Economic Survey, about 25 to 45 deaths occur in Delhi every day due to this condition. HCFI, since its inception, has been regularly conducting programmes to train people in essential life saving techniques such as CPR. It has also been creating awareness on the need to install AEDs in public places.

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