Published on: June 21, 2016

IPPC_30_02_COVER.inddIn a village, a small boy is bitten by a snake. A tragedy of errors ensues, arising from a fatal combination of neglect, bad advice, wrong choices, and ignorance.

“When there is a definite treatment for snake bite, this should not have happened. Who do we blame? Whose mistake was it? What combination of errors and wrong turns led to this tragic outcome?” Ms Latha Srikanth, Vice Principal of Indrani College of Nursing, Puducherry, writes from personal experience how the victim and family ended up running from this treatment to that until it was too late to save the child.

Read the complete narrative titled “A Tragedy of Errors” published in the Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy.

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One response to “A Tragedy of Errors – Neglect, Bad Advice or Ignorance?”

  1. Neha says:

    Another sad story of our society,
    Education can play a vital role , In indian villages many peoples die without even knowing exact problem,
    so called desi healers gives almost same treatment to all the patients and ask them to go to temples and all that stuff and in most of the case they try to take the proper treatment when its too late.
    i Wish we can overcome this tragedy ASAP.
    Also the local health center run by government are not capable to take care of patients , they can just provide us first aid and like that in most case many lost their life during the hospital migration process . what a irony of our society and government