Dr: I see. What was told to you when you were discharged – did any one explained to you how to take care of the wound like changing the dressing or how to keep the operation are clean ? Pt: Yes they told me to change the dressing …. Dr: Were you given any medications to take at home like any pain killer medication or any antibiotic medications ? Pt: I was given pain killer medication but not the antibiotics. Dr: Ok Thank you for the information. You asked em why you got this infection - Let me answer your question now Miss… Usually after almost every operation there are chances of people getting infection. We take lot of measures so that people do not get infection after the operation we do the operation in the operation theatre which is very sterile and clean and we keep the hospital very clean to prevent getting infection from other patients and we change the dressings on the wound fequently in a very clean manner to prevent the infection. Also in some type of operations if the chances of infection is very high then we give antibiotics to prevent people getting the infection. However, despite all our efforts sometimes people do get infections for so many reasons. We usually mention about the benefits and risks of operation including the risk of people getting infection after the operation to the people before they undergo the operation. It is very unfortunate that you got this infection. Pt: Why the antibiotics was not given to me ? May that is why I got this infection. Dr: Miss. We usually give antibiotics to only such operations where the chances of people getting is very high. We do not give antibiotics if the chances of people getting infection is very low, ecause if we give antibiotics to everyone even when the chance of infection is very low then the bugs can develop resistance to these antibiotics. In the future if the people get infections from similar bugs then these antibiotics do not work and the condition can become very serious and it can even be life threatening. That is why we avoid giving unnecessary antibiotics. The type of operation what was done to you – the chance of people getting infection after the operation is very low. That is why the antibiotics was not given to you. Pt: But I got the infection. Dr: It is unfortunate that you got it. We generally advise patients that there is slight chance of getting infection and we advise them of the signs and symptoms of infection and ask them to come back if they have such symptoms. We are usually able to treat the infection if it does develop. That is what was done in your case Miss… Pt: I am it happy about this. Dr: I can certainly imagine how you may be feeling about this. I will be reporting about this incident. I can reassure that the concerned authorities will look at this and take appropriate steps for this. In the future if lot of patients get infections after this type of surgery may be we need to think of giving antibiotics to prevent the infection.
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