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Amputee’s bed head ticket taken into custody

Health Services Director General Dr Palitha Mahipala ordered Matara Hospital Director Dr Samindi Samarakoon to take the Bed Head Ticket (BHT) of the female patient whose hand was amputated, into her custody to conduct an impartial investigation into the incident, a Health Ministry spokesman said.

The spokesman said the BHT is the key document that helps in investigations of this nature.

It reveals important details on the condition, and treatment given to the patient.

It is alleged that the arm was amputated due to medical negligence. A space is usually kept between the hand or leg and the plaster of paris.

The ‘plaster of paris’ should be removed if the revealing area above the plaster becomes reddish or swollen, he said. The spokesman said the special committee appointed by Health Ministry Secretary Dr Nihal Jayatilleke was inquiring into the amputation of the left hand of the final year Law Faculty female student. It was earlier reported that the patient had complained continuously that the plaster was too tight but the Matara Hospital medical staff had given her strong pain killers without loosening the plaster.

Doctors at the Colombo National Hospital decided to amputate her hand after coming to the conclusion that all nerves in her hand were dead. The undergraduate is left handed and will for the law examination in June, the spokesman said.

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