Going to India – back home is mostly a joyous occasion as you get to meet your friends and family, hear those honks, late night Pani-Puri trips, fresh smell of India, and so much more that we miss here.

If you are in India and get sick enough to need hospitalization, then we HIGHLY recommend that you come back to the US. The recommendation comes from my experience in India and how I lost my mother.

Read: How Fortis Hospital’s Negligence and Dr. Pradeep Jain’s greed let my Mom die.

After living at Fortis Hospital for 9 days – 24 hrs a day, I learned a few things. These suggestions and precautions are  from my experience and are in no way a physician’s opinion.

 

If you or someone you know ends up at a Hospital in India, PLEASE BE CAREFUL :-

Patient Allergies To Medicines And Food
  • ASK about Pharmacy system – is Pharmacy equipped with a computer Patient Allergy Alert system. If not, you need to be on HIGH alert. None of the hospital pharmacies in India have medicine allergy alert systems.
  • In India, nurses take less than 25 seconds inject medicine thru the IVY.
  • Each Nurse needs to be TOLD about your patient’s allergies at the start of EACH SHIFT.
  • In patient’s room, the Allergy list needs to be posted on the wall  in BOLD letters.
  • Make a list of patient allergies and provide it to the doctor and nurses.

Rule of Thumb
  • Reach out to Hospital Officials if you notice even a very SMALL issue. That will keep everyone in Check.
  • You HAVE THE RIGHT TO WALK AND STAY BY YOUR RELATIVE BED AND HAVE YOUR OWN DOCTOR. Do NOT be intimidated by “this is the way we do things in India”. In our experience even RIs need to beware of using the RESIDENT “on call” consultant who literally make thousands of rupees a day, whether or not he is the right one.
  • ALWAYS GET PHYSICAL VISITS & SECOND OPINIONS BEFORE MAJOR PROCEDURES.  Consult different doctors from different hospitals or your relatives who are specialized physicians. Every doctor has his or her way of presenting the procedure, therefore, you will always learn something new and unspoken about the procedure that will also help you recognize the credentials and true purpose of the doctor you’re attending.
  • This “TEAM OF DOCTORS” experts is generally bullshit – all it means is no one is taking responsibility – they just tack on 1 minute visit for Rs 1000+.
  • BE VERY VARY OF CLINIC and SMALL HUSBAND-WIFE NURSERY HOMES. Basically they will promise the heaven and earth, to “save you lots of money” and “we know Dr Kaur – friend of a friend” … etc. What is happening is that they are in business to make money and charge significant percent of real medical systems. They are making fools of natives and NRIs.

Ask Questions
  • WHAT is the test for?
  • HOW many times have you done this procedure?
  • WHEN will I get the results?
  • WHY do I need this treatment?
  • Are there any ALTERNATIVES?
  • What are the possible COMPLICATIONS?
  • How do you SPELL the name of that drug?
  • Are there any SIDE EFFECTS?
  • Will this medicine INTERACT with medicines that I’m already taking?
  • What is the likely course of this condition? What is the LONG-TERM OUTLOOK with and without treatment?

Immediately Stop Nurses WHEN They Enter The Room
  • Nurses can administer medicine in less than 25 SECONDS.
  • Be vigilant and ASK what is being administered.
  • Do NOT let them administer anything without checking with you.

Doctors and Nurses Identification
  • They usually HIDE their badges. Ask them to show it to you. Keep notes.

Sanitation
  • Force Nurses and Doctors to a hand Sanitizer BEFORE entering the room. they are called “Bacto” in India.

Room Cleaners And Janitor
  • At times, they help nurses
  • Make sure Janitors do NOT touch feeding pipes, patient’s operated body parts
  • They should always wear NEW gloves when touching the patient – even if its for help with toilet/bathroom