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Kolkata, March 13, 2017: Family members of a patient on Monday lodged a police complaint, blaming a private hospital in the city of negligence and wrong treatment for his death.

The wife of Sunil Pandey, who died at the Medica Superspecialty Hospital on Monday morning, alleged that he died due to “wrong treatment and negligence” on the part of the hospital and lodged a police complaint.

“We have received a complaint from the wife of the deceased about the patient’s sudden death at the hospital. We will look into the issue once we get the autopsy report,” an officer from East Jadavpur Police Station said.

Pandey, who was admitted with chest pain, got admitted to the hospital on March 6 and underwent multiple surgeries, including a leg amputation in the last few days. On Monday morning, doctors at the hospital declared him dead.

“He did not have blood sugar, high blood pressure or any major health issues. We took him to the hospital as he felt chest pain, but his condition drastically deteriorated after the surgery,” the widow alleged.

“The hospital finished him by doing wrong treatment. I have lodged a police complaint against them for taking him away from us. I want justice in this case so that no one else has to go through the same in future,” she said.

According to the patient’s side, Pandey underwent cardiac surgery which the hospital claimed to be successful. However, the doctors amputated one of his legs as there was a major blood clot.

“Why did he have the blood clot in his leg if the cardiac operation was successful? Why could not they save him in spite of the leg amputation? The hospital is asking for 48 hours to produce the case history details. This clearly shows there is an issue of negligence at their end,” a friend of the deceased said.

The hospital authorities, however, rubbished the allegations and said proper course of action was followed during the patient’s treatment.

“The incident is unfortunate, but I am certain that the doctors here followed a proper course of action that was required for the patient’s treatment. The condition of the patient was critical and we kept the patient party updated on his condition at every point,” a doctor from the hospital said.

“We had to go through the leg amputation as a standard treatment procedure as the blood supply to that leg had completely stopped due to massive blood clots in the vein. The unresponsive body part had to be removed to stop the entire body from rotting,” he added. (IANS)

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Obesity in women and smoking among men could be major factors behind not achieving remission in rheumatoid arthritis, despite early treatment, researchers say.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects a person’s joints, causing pain and disability and can also affect internal organs.

The study showed that though early identification and aggressive treatment improve arthritis outcomes, six per cent of women and 38 per cent of men did not achieve remission in the first year despite receiving guideline-based care.

“Our results suggest that lifestyle changes — smoking cessation in men and weight reduction in women — as well as optimising methotrexate use may facilitate rapid reduction of inflammation, an essential goal of treatment in early rheumatoid arthritis,” said Susan Bartlett, professor of Medicine at McGill University in Canada.

The study, published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, included 1,628 adults with an average age of 55.

The analysis highlighted that obesity more than doubled the likelihood of not achieving remission in women.

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In men, current smoking was associated with 3.5 greater odds of not achieving remission within the first year.

Further, almost all patients within the study were initially treated with conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (csDMARDs), with three quarters being treated with methotrexate.

Analysis demonstrated that not using methotrexate significantly increased the likelihood of not achieving remission in women by 28 per cent and in men by 45 per cent.

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“These results highlight the need to support physicians and empower patients to take advantage of the impact lifestyle changes can have on disease progression,” Johannes Bijlsma, President, European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), said in a statement. (IANS)