Dr. Lily Aranas, retired DOH Region 7 Director talks about the mortality rate in hospitals.
FULL STATEMENT OF RET. DOH-7 DR. LILY ARANAS
“Hospital mortality rate is 3% to 3.5% before 48 hours from patient’s admission. After 48 hours, the acceptable rate is 1-2%. If hospital operation is good, there would be lesser chance of patients dying.
‘Naa man gyud mamatay sa ospital.’ Many even die in hospitals. In fact, most of those brought in are already in critical conditions.
As for the case in Barili District Hospital, based on records, the 4-month old patient was already severely dehydrated when brought to the hospital.
The baby died less than 48 hours, less than 24 hours from admission so it was not medical negligence. The infant was given the right treatment. He died because of severe dehydration.
I also consulted my observations with DOH Usec. Galon.
He said if a patient dies more than 48 hours after admission, the hospital must be checked on what the problem might be – is it mismanagement from the doctor? No emergency drug? So on and so forth.
But if a patient dies in less than 48 hours from admission, history must be traced back – what happened in the family? When was the patient brought to the hospital? Was the patient brought to another facility? What was given to the patient in the other facility? How many days passed before the patient was brought to the hospital?”