Dubai, UAE: A Dubai-based Filipina has lodged a complaint against medical staff of a Dubai hospital for allegedly endangering the life of her unborn child due to a medication error.
Blessilda Dizon, 34, said she had the biggest scare of her life on Wednesday when she was rushed to a Sharjah hospital for an emergency Caesarean section following a significant drop in her foetus’ movement.
Dizon claimed the baby, who was delivered full term during the operation, had suffered from the side-effects of a drug injected to her on August 21. “During the operation, I refused to have general anaesthesia as I wanted to hear my baby boy’s first cry and see if he’s alive when I deliver,” Dizon, 34, told Gulf News, adding the baby was declared healthy and without abnormalities after the first series of tests.
In her complaint letter, Dizon, a registered nurse, said she was given double the dosage of a drug prescribed by her obstetrician-gynaecologist identified as Dr N.S. at Al Garhoud Private Hospital on August 21.
The drug, a type of steroids, was supposed to help prevent pre-term labour and reduce the risk of lung immaturity of the foetus since Dizon had developed gestational diabetes during her pregnancy.
According to her doctor’s order, Dizon was supposed to receive two doses of the drug with a 12-hour interval.
But she claimed the nurse misinterpreted the doctor’s order and injected both doses at once, eventually causing diminished movement of her previously active baby.
Despite repeated requests by Gulf News, no official from the hospital was available for comment at the time of going to press.
Based on documents obtained by Gulf News, Dr. N.S. denied the allegation of a medication error. She said the dosage and administration of the drug was properly done. This statement, however, was contrary to her previous written order which itemised an interval of 12 hours for the drugs to be administered to the patient.
A spokesperson from Dubai Health Authority (DHA) told Gulf News they will investigate the matter once the formal complaint is processed.
“Depending on the severity of the case, a committee is formed comprising of healthcare specialists from the same field. Once the investigation is complete, we can determine the outcome if it is negligence or not. In the event of negligence and/or malpractice, action is taken according to the severity of the case.”
“The main reason why I am pointing this out is for this to serve as an eye-opener and prevent it from happening again. If this can happen to me, who has a medical background, how much more to other people who don’t have a medical background and just go with the flow and say yes to medical procedures?” Dizon said
© Gulf NewsSep 2013