SMS Hospital: 15 Patients experience eye infections post-operation, leading to blurred vision and swelling

SMS Hospital: 15 Patients experience eye infections post-operation, leading to blurred vision and swelling

Surgical procedures temporarily halted

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A complaint has arisen regarding the transmission of infections following surgeries at Sawai Mansingh (SMS) Hospital, the largest hospital in the state. Specifically, these cases of infection have been reported within the Department of Ophthalmology. Upon initial investigation, it was discovered that several patients experienced symptoms of swelling, redness, and blurred vision due to Pseudomonas infection. As a result, the hospital administration has taken immediate action by initiating an inquiry into the matter. As a precautionary measure, elective surgeries at the hospital have been temporarily suspended for a few days.

In the span of seven days, over 70 operations were conducted at Sawai Mansingh (SMS) Hospital. Unfortunately, during the routine check-up of patients following these surgeries, Pseudomonas infection was identified in approximately 15-16 individuals. This discovery has prompted the hospital administration to investigate the matter further and take appropriate measures to address the situation. As a precautionary step, the hospital has temporarily halted elective surgeries until the situation is thoroughly assessed and necessary actions are implemented.

According to experts, patients who have undergone surgery are reporting symptoms such as eye swelling, redness, blurred vision, and in some cases, decreased visual acuity, as a result of this infection.

Routine operation will not happen till Monday

Dr. Achal Sharma, the Superintendent of SMS Hospital, announced the temporary suspension of routine operations until Monday in response to the infection spread complaints. As a precautionary measure, the operation theater in Charak Bhawan has been closed, and a thorough examination of all the machines, equipment, and medicines installed there is underway.

To ensure patient safety, all batches of medicines found in the operation theater have been sealed, and samples are being collected for further investigation. Additionally, a comprehensive examination of the equipment, including the microscope and lenses in the operation theater, is being conducted. These actions are being taken to identify any potential sources of infection and prevent further risks to patients.

According to Dr. Sharma, provisions have been made to accommodate emergency cases in an alternative Operation Theatre (OT) during the temporary suspension of routine operations. Meanwhile, doctors will continue to attend to patients visiting the Outpatient Department (OPD) for their medical needs. This arrangement ensures that critical cases can still receive necessary surgical interventions while maintaining the ongoing care and treatment of patients in the OPD.

A committee has been established to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter. The committee comprises the following members: Associate Professor Dr. Gaurav Sharma, Senior Professor of Microbiology Dr. Aruna Vyas, Head of the Ophthalmology Department Dr. Pankaj Sharma, Senior Professor of ENT Dr. Mohnish Grover, and Senior Nursing Officer Anil Garg. Together, these experts will collaborate to investigate the causes and circumstances surrounding the infection spread in the Department of Ophthalmology at SMS Hospital. Their collective expertise and insights will contribute to the comprehensive analysis of the situation and the formulation of appropriate recommendations for future prevention and management. 

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