National Human Rights Commission issues recommendation due to medical negligence at Mérida’s HRAE

The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) issued the recommendation number 10/2019 to the Ministry of Health, due to inadequate medical attention received by a 33-year-old patient, who was treated in the High Specialty Regional Hospital of the Peninsula of Yucatan (Hospital Regional de Alta Especialidad de la Península de Yucatán: HRAE).

The recommendation was made in response to the complication that a patient presented during a routine gallbladder surgery.

After the investigations, the CNDH accredited violations of human rights to the protection of health that led to the  patient’s death, as well as psychological damage to the husband and children of the victim.

Medical staff of the CNDH determined that the patient entered the operating room to remove the gallbladder via laparoscopy, a procedure during which the surgeon perforated the abdominal aortic artery.

However, instead of requesting immediate support from specialists in vascular surgery and intensive care, which was the right thing to do, given the state of notorious urgency, the surgeon decided to perform the scheduled surgery.

After the doctor extracted the gallbladder, he was helped by two specialists, who controlled the bleeding, and the patient was transferred to intensive therapy, where she presented grade IV hemorrhagic hypovolemic shock that culminated in her death.

Hospital Regional de Alta Especialidad de la Peninsula de Yucatán (Photo: Archive)

For this reason, the CNDH recommended to the Ministry of Health that, in coordination with the Executive Commission for Victim Care, the damage must be repaired integrally to the vicitim’s relatives, which includes compensation in terms of the General Law of Victims.

In addition, the organism instructed to enroll the family in the National Registry of Victims, to provide them with the proper psychological and tanatological care.

The CNDH suggested the HRAE to adopt preventive measures that guarantee the proper integration of the clinical files according to the legislation; and to instruct it’s general surgery personnel in human rights matters.

TYT Newsroom with information from SIPSE



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