AIIMS nurse death: Doctor ignored the distress call thinking it was not genuine

The senior resident who is facing probe for alleged medical negligence defended his actions before the committee after the AIIMS nurse's death on February 4. Two other junior residents also faced action over her death

AIIMS nurse death: Doctor ignored the distress call thinking it was not genuine

When the controversy over AIIMS nurse death during her delivery doing the rounds in the media, a senior resident of the anesthesiology department, who were terminated by AIIMS over the death of Rajbir Kaur, apprised an inquiry committee that he was not present during the delivery because he didn't take seriously of the call from gynaecology team regarding foetal distress.

The senior resident who is facing probe for alleged medical negligence defended his actions before the committee after the AIIMS nurse's death on February 4. Two other junior residents also faced action over her death.


According to The Indian Express, the inquiry committee pointed out a number of lapses, including the one that the C-section surgery on Kaur was conducted in an operation theatre not with sufficient facilities to handle cases under general anaesthesia.

The resident testified in front of the eight-member panel, headed by Professor S C Sharma head of the AIIMS ENT department that he had received many calls of foetal distress in the past that were "not genuine". So, he dismissed the call in Kaur's case, which delayed the treatment.

Reports also say that a senior resident of the gynaecology department, who will soon be received a "memorandum of displeasure” from the AIIMS director, was asked to start Kaur's case without prior information.

The committee with all the dispositions came to a conclusion that an under-prepared OT and the absence of the senior resident of anesthesiology were responsible for a failed intubation, which led to complications, including bradycardia or slow heart rate.

According to The Indian Express, the doctors had mistakenly inserted an artificial breathing tube which Kaur's food pipe instead of her respiratory tract, which caused further complications. The inquiry committee mentioned the lapse as well, saying the oesophagus could not be detected immediately because Kaur's vitals were not linked to a monitoring system.

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