The University Teaching hospital is the only tertiary hospital in Zambia.It boasts of having produced some of the best calibre doctors on the continent.Draw backs of working for UTH is the fact that its very poorly equipped and this does pose a danger to patients lives.
One of the things the unsuspecting Zambian public does not know about UTH is procedures like Lumbar punctures are done at ones own risk.UTH does not even use proper lumbar puncture needles and rarely is this technique done under sterile conditions. Countless people have died after this seemly simple procedure has been done. You ask why? Well ask any juniour doctor who has never worked abroad or in a private hospital and they will tell you they have never seen a lumber puncture needle and hardly ever make sure a patient does not have a raised intracranial pressure before performing the procedure.
A lumbar puncture should never be performed without first making sure the patient does not have raised pressure.Doing this causes a downward displacement of the brain which is 100% fatal.
So are the doctors to blame? Maybe but UTH needs proper funding otherwise its really a death trap for the sick. Doctors shouldn’t rush to perform academic procedures when they hardly even have a functional laboratory to support them.
for one mistake made for not knowing,ten mistakes are made for not looking(Lindsay)