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Fortis Healthcare: Install Medicine Allergy Alert system in all of your Hospital Pharmacies

I lost my mom, Darshana Tandon, on January 31st 2013 at Fortis Hospital, New Delhi, India due to a severe allergic reaction from Penicillin (Piperacillin + Tazobactam also referred to as TAZAK at Fortis Hospital).

a Video message from me:

1. At Fortis Hospitals, Doctors routinely(mistakenly) prescribe medicines that a patient is allergic to.

2. Pharmacy dispenses that “harmful medicine” due to LACK of Allergy Alert system in their hospital computers.

3. Nurses then administer that “harmful medicine” to patients as they are poorly trained.

The Allergy related information about the patient lies buried in the medical record pages. The Pharmacy computer system at Fortis Hospitals should have an Patient medicine Allergy alert system. It is a standard at all Hospitals in the US.

During a phone conversation with Rajeev Nayyar (Medical Superintendent of Fortis Hospital, New Delhi), He revealed "Fortis does not have Allergy alert system in Pharmacies. Fortis IT system is not as advanced as US hospitals."

That is complete bull crap as there are 100s of software available to do the job. its about caring and spending the money for that system. Fortis - STOP the GREED.


Why should you care?
Fortis Healthcare’s revenue for last financial quarter alone was: US $285 MILLION dollars.

If they are already not in your city, with that kind of cash flow, they may buy out a chain of hospitals in your city. You may have relatives who live in the cities where Fortis healthcare hospitals exist OR One of your friends or relatives may go for Medical Tourism to save some money.

This does matter to YOU.


Read My Story - What happened to my Mom - Darshana Tandon


Who is Fortis Healthcare?
Fortis Healthcare is a network of hospitals across 11 countries including Canada, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore and others.

The group has 70 hospitals, 180 laboratories, 140 Pharmacies, 61 medical centers (with 550 associated clinics) and 137 dental practices.


GOAL/Solution to Avoid loss of life:
There should not be anymore suffering and deaths at Fortis Hospitals and medical centers due to communication gaps in patient drugs allergy and diet restriction information.

1. Integrate ALL Fortis hospitals Pharmacy Computer systems with patient medicine allergy information to alert the pharmacist of any conflicts.

2. Install Dry Erase whiteboards in all hospital rooms. The Dry Erase whiteboards are primarily used for: 

* Nurse/Doctor/Patient identification 
* Communication about Patient allergies and diet information 
* Patient centric communication

Study and Recommendations on whiteboards usage

In most US hospitals, there are Dry Erase whiteboards in all the rooms.


Sign this petition NOW to bring this change for good of hundreds of thousands of people in Fortis Hospitals in 11 countries.

Do NOT let this happen to any of your loved ones. I have started a non-profit to tell the TRUTH about hospitals in India. 




Our Story - what Happened to us: 

Doctors in the US confirmed: 
After going thru 240 pages of Medical records, Two doctors in the US have already confirmed the cause of my mom’s death was severe allergic reaction to the Penicillin (Piperacillin + Tazobactam also referred to as TAZAK) given to her. She would have survived any other infections if she had not been admoinstered Penicillin 3 times.


Here is proof of penicillin (Piperacillin + Tazobactam also referred to as TAZAK) prescription and administration from my mom’s medical records from Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi.

I lived at Fortis Hospital in New Delhi for 10 days - 24 hours a day. I “worked” with at least 10 different nurses during those 10 days. That’s too many nurses, too many touch points where mistakes could happen. There is a HUGE communication gap that led to my mom’s death.

A timeline of events:
Jan 16th: My mom, Darshana Tandon, age 63, was diagnosed with Cancer of Stomach (Stage II - local area only) while on a visit to New Delhi. She was a US Citizen on a visit to New Delhi.

Jan 19th: Partial Gastrectomy surgery performed by Dr. Pradeep Jain at Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi

Jan 21st: I reached India and moved into the hospital room #415 as an attendant for my mom for next 10 days.

Jan 25th/26th: Dr. Pradeep Jain (or one of the doctors on his team) prescribed Penicillin (Piperacillin + Tazobactam also referred to as TAZAK) by mistake.

Hospital Pharmacy filled in the prescription without catching the allergy conflict in the system.

Nurses then administered Penicillin (Piperacillin + Tazobactam (TAZAK)) thru Central IV to my Mom. Mom had a severe reaction that night.

Jan 27th: Sever reaction led to Anaphylaxis which lead to Septic shock later.

Jan 27th: Dr. Pradeep Jain, KNOWING the origin of the “infection” from allergic reaction, STILL went ahead with a very painful Ascites fluid tap surgery. Dr. Pradeep Jain tried to cover up the gross negligence by maliciously doing other surgery. Surgeon/Doctor Pradeep Jain and his team also tried to change medical records. You can see the signatures of nurses scratched off. a proof of fraud.

Jan 28th: Mom was put on ventilator. Her organs stopped working one after another in next 60 hours.

Jan 31st - 12:40 AM: Mom passed away with multiple organ failure from septic shock.


This petition was delivered to:
  • COO - Fortis Healthcare
    Ashish Bhatia
  • MCI India
    MCI India - Main
  • MCI India
    MCI India - Ethics
  • MCI India
    MCI India - Medical
    C.K. Mishra
    R.K. Jain
    Ms Shakuntala D. Gamlin
  • Quality Council of India
    NABH International
  • CEO India - Fortis Healthcare
    Aditya Vij
  • Executive Vice Chairman - Fortis Healthcare
    Shivinder Singh
  • Medical Superintendent - Fortis Hospital - Chandigarh
    Ashutosh Sood (Medical Superintendent - Fortis Hospital - Chandigarh)
  • Investor relations person in Singapore
    Cindy Toh (Investor relations person in Singapore)
  • Medical Adminstartion at Fortis Hospitals
    Puneet Pundir (Medical Adminstartion at Fortis Hospitals)
  • Neel Kamal deputy chief at Fortis - South new delhi
    Neel Kamal (Neel Kamal deputy chief at Fortis - South new delhi)
  • Secretary(H&FW)
    Keshav Desiraju
  • Medical Superintendent - Fortis Hospital - Shalimar Bagh
    Rajeev Nayyar
  • Medical Superintendent - Fortis Hospital - Vasant Kunj
    Amrita Boparai
  • CEO - Fortis Healthcare
    Vishal Bali
  • CFO - Fortis Healthcare
    Sandeep Puri
  • FOS executive hospital operations - Amritsar
    Leena Kanwal
  • Medical Superintendent - Amritsar
    Ajay Dogra
  • Faculty director in Mumbai - Fortis
    Ratnadeep Chaskar
  • Medical Superintendent - Fortis Hospital Gurgaon
    Aruna Bhoy
  • In-Charge Quality Assurance & FOS at New Delhi area
    Shashi Shankar
  • Oncology and Colorectal Surgery at Fortis Hospital, Mohali
    Rajeev Kapoor
  • Assistant Medical Superintendent at Fortis La Femme at Fortis Healthcare - South new delhi
    Praween Kumar
  • Medical Superintendent fortis - Chandigarh
    Pinak Moudgil
  • Facility Director at Fortis Healthcare
    Jatinder Arora
  • Director - Fortis Hospital - Shalimar Bagh
    Jasdeep Singh
  • Oncology & Gastro - Fortis Hospital - Shalimar Bagh
    Pradeep Jain
    Ghulam Nabi Azad (UNION MINISTER)

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