Patient dead after wrong blood transfusion

12th February 2008, Comments 0 comments

A patient at the Nijmegen UMC St Radboud Hospital died last week after being given the wrong blood in a transfusion.

12 February 2008

NIJMEGEN – A patient at the Nijmegen UMC St Radboud Hospital died last week after being given the wrong blood in a transfusion. The hospital announced this Tuesday.

The woman was administered blood intended for another patient. A nurse had accidentally hung the blood pouch on the woman's bed.

Colleagues discovered the error soon after since the woman's condition immediately started to deteriorate. The patient was seriously ill and already in poor condition.

A spokesperson for the UMC St Radboud Hospital said it was a 'great tragedy' for the woman's family, the nurse involved and the hospital as a whole. Studies show that 1 in 15,000 blood transfusions go wrong.

The incident took place in the hospital's intensive care unit. The spokesperson said that all protocols were followed in the incident. "The only thing that went wrong is that the nurse walked to the wrong bed at the last minute."

The hospital is looking into whether the protocols should be amended. The Healthcare Inspectorate is also investigating the incident. The consequences for the nurse are still unclear, the spokesperson said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]

Subject: Dutch news

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