Indian hospital reportedly used industrial gas for anesthesia

At least 14 surgery patients had lost their lives between June 6-8 this year at the hospital. (AP)

An industrial-grade gas, not permitted for medicinal purposes, was reportedly being used to administer anesthesia to patients undergoing surgery at an Indian hospital, investigations have revealed.

According to a Times of India report, an investigation team probing an unusually high number of deaths within three days in the surgery ward of the hospital came to this conclusion. The cases had prompted the Allahabad high court to order an investigation.

At least 14 surgery patients had lost their lives between June 6-8 this year at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Sundar Lal Hospital, in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh, which happens to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency.

Nitrous oxide

The probe report dated July 18, which was accessed by the newspaper, said: “It has been found that nitrous oxide of non-pharmacopoeial grade was being used at this hospital.

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This gas doesn’t come under the category of allowed drugs”. Whether the use of industrial-grade nitrous oxide (N2O) was directly responsible for the deaths in the hospital is still under investigation, officials said.

The report said the private firm, which was supplying the nitrous oxide, did not have any license to produce or sell any medical gas.
 

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