Thursday, January 3, 2013

Mismanaged Diarrhoea . . .



The above snap is of medicines that this 18 month old baby had been having since the last 3 days. The list includes - - -

1.       Cefixime with Lactic Acid Bacillus Dry Syrup
2.       Ofloxacin with Ornidazole Syrup
3.       Nutrolin B Syrup
4.       Furazolidone and Metronidazole Oral Suspension
5.       Nitazoxanide and Ofloxacin Oral Suspension
6.       Ondansetron HCl Syrup
7.       Acetaminophen Oral Suspension.

The worst part was that there was no Oral Rehydration Salts prescribed. So much for all the awareness being spread about this intervention, which has been proved to have been one of the most effective life saving interventions ever invented.

And to complicate matters, the child weighs a measely 7 kilograms. And therefore, she is malnourished like the 54% of under fives of this state.

If a doctor with a graduate degree does not know how to manage a case of diarrhoea properly, you cannot blame them going to quacks . . . However, part of the blame is also with patients who believe that more the medicines prescribed, better thedoctor and faster the recovery.

However, this is much better than the last one which I had posted aboutmismanaging diarrhoea.

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