Creating Waves of Awareness
What do we often read whenever a patient comes with a lab report? Frankly speaking, due to lack of time, we read the ‘Impression’ given at the end! Right?
But, before we read the ‘impression,’ or even the details given above the same, make sure that the report given belongs to the same patient! You may feel this silly, but rarely it creates problems. Last week, my friend Dr Krishnakumar had faced a similar incident. He had referred a 10-year-old boy for lab tests. Next day, he came with the report. Being a fastidious person (some good qualities of Ars alb), he had gone through each and every word given in that report. He found the age of the person was different. Immediately he contacted the lab, and they expressed apology for altering the report with another man bearing the same name!
Like this, there are several reports of cases wherein the reports of patients with different names were given by mistake. Can anybody imagine a horrible situation created by an altered lab report that says that we are suffering from Leukemia! Recently in Kochi, medicines were altered between two patients having the same name. After learning that the medicines taken were different, both patients collapsed due to apprehension, and as usual, their relatives and local politicians attacked the doctors, ignoring the fact that the mistake was done by a stupid nurse. The media also celebrated the breaking news!
The names of patients may be the same, but the disease need not be the same, also the remedy. Hence, do not trust the lab reports, read it properly, and if necessary, confirm the tests by repeating the same in another lab. Beware!!!
Dr Muhammed Rafeeque
Family Homoeopathic clinic