Thirteen elderly patients, including women, contracted infection in their eyes after undergoing cataract surgery at the Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital.
Doctors at the hospital have ruled out any negligence on their part and claimed that the saline bottles used during the surgery were contaminated, resulting in infection in the eyes of the 13 patients who were in the age group of 60-70.
“About 21 patients underwent cataract surgery in the hospital on June 30. Of this, in 13 cases we noticed some infection in their eyes after opening the bandage next day.
“Immediately they were taken for re-surgery and were given necessary treatment. Six patients responded well to the treatment and they have been already discharged. But, seven cases are still under treatment,” Rajender Gupta, Deputy Superintendent at the hospital, told PTI today.
When we further investigated we found the 13 cases were operated upon in one operation theatre. It was found that fluid bottles used during surgery were contaminated with Klebsiella bacteria, which caused infection in the eyes of patients and resulted in partial vision loss to some of them,” he said.
All eye surgeries have been stopped at the hospital in view of the incident.