Kottayam: A nurse subjected to a strange disciplinary action at the Kottayam Medical College last month has told an internal investigation panel how the doctor insisted on punishing her despite her vehement objection to it.
A committee had commenced a probe into the incident on Wednesday. As per the nurse's complaint a surgeon, who was on his ICU rounds, asked her to lie on a bed keeping a medical tray on her legs after she had left it on a patient’s bed inadvertently.
The nurse had claimed she had kept the tray on the bed when she got an urgent call to attend another case. The tray was kept on a blanket that covered the patient’s legs. Chief Surgeon Dr John S Kurian scolded her and ordered the punishment despite several apologies, she told the panel.
The tray containing medicines and a case file was kept on her legs for 10 minutes until the surgeon completed his rounds. Statements from the nurse and the nurses’ associations were registered on Wednesday.
The doctor’s statement will be registered after the panel speaks to the patient’s relatives. The seven-member panel is headed by Community Medicine chief Dr A Shobha.
The brother of the ICU patient reportedly did not turn up for the hearing.
Dr Kurien had defended himself saying the nurse did a serious mistake. Two trays weighing half a kilo each were placed on a patient who couldn’t even move after a pancreatic surgery. One was placed on the leg, while another on thighs. The nurse was made to lie for three minutes to make her experience the patient’s difficulty, said Dr Kurien. He had said he was ready to apologise if found wrong.