A 73 year old woman who became unconscious on the dentist’s chair was negligently stashed in an emergency room, which her daughter equated to a pig sty-like condition in the Paro Dzongkhag hospital.
Two Dentists were in the process to extract her tooth when she passed out.
The woman, Dorji Lham was shifted to the said room but there was nobody to attend to her. Kencho Dem her daughter, said on her arrival she saw her mother in critical condition.
However just next to the room were some nurses who refused to attend to the patient despite the daughter’s repeated pleas. “They said she is not our patient so we can’t do anything,” Kencho Dem said.
“My mother was literally thrown on an extremely dirty sheet like a pig and her breath was slipping away. Not a soul was there to tend to her despite the number of nurses just outside the room during the incident.”
One of the dental technician Kuenzang Thinley, said the daughter arrived at the hospital when they were out to fetch a drug for the woman and she misunderstood.
The daughter who completely refused to believe this claim said both dentists were downstairs in a room with other patients.
She had called the dental technician and asked why her mother was not attended.
The victim, Dorji Lham said one of the local actors Chencho Dorji was also present there for check-up and noticed that more attention was given to him.
Elsewhere it is standard procedure to monitor blood pressure when a person comes to extract their teeth.
In Dorji Lham’s case her blood pressure was not monitored using the Sphygmomanometer (blood pressure meter) nor was she asked verbally. Dorji Lham who has a history of high blood pressure said she was neither provided with any prescriptions nor checked for blood pressure.
However one of the dental technicians said they did ask Dorji Lham about her blood pressure and about other related complications.
Some experts said she was lucky the dental technicians did not give her any local anesthetics because it could prove fatal. The Bhutanese talked-to some patients at Paro hospital and in Thimphu.
Some villagers around Paro said they don’t know their blood pressures. When asked, they just say no. Most of them are uneducated and of the notion that if they feel healthy they don’t have any sort of abnormalities.
The dental HOD at the national referral hospital (JDWNRH) said normally blood pressures of the patients are asked verbally and no practical tests are done unless patients are in doubt or are not aware of their blood pressures.
He said almost all patients know their blood pressures and besides, fatalities from these lapses are very rare. However it’s very important to check blood pressures for old people.
Blood pressure checks is unnecessary for patients who have history of extractions since they do not have complications.
Diabetes or high blood pressure patients carry a book or a note for the dentist’s reference, but people from rural areas are clueless about it.
Most dental technicians in the capital and other parts of the country said ‘not checking blood pressure’ is prevalent even in other parts of Bhutan.
As these cases and incidences come under fire people across the country become reluctant to seek medical help and eventually land up with bone infections.