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Dec 05, 2012 at 10:24am IST

Delhi: Ventilator snag cuts off oxygen supply, leaves 4 dead in a government-run hospital

New Delhi: In a shocking case of medical negligence in a Delhi government hospital, four people died after their oxygen supply was cut off while carrying out repair work. The four patients at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) died in Sushruta Trauma Centre after the oxygen supply to their ventilator was allegedly stopped. The police have filed an FIR.

The Delhi government has set up a special panel to probe the mishap and what led to the death.

Hapless relatives of the deceased blamed the hospital authorities for the negligence but the hospital has passed the buck. However, the authorities blamed the contractor for leaving only one untrained person in charge of the oxygen supply instead of the stipulated three people. The hospital authorities also said that only one cylinder, instead of 10 oxygen cylinders, was connected.

Delhi Health Minister AK Walia said, "The incident happened at 6:40 in the morning. The pressure of the oxygen being supplied to the patients was reduced which led to the death." One of the patient's landlord said, "My tenant was fine this morning. I don't know how it happened but I think the hospital was careless with the patients' oxygen supply."

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