Reports due on hospital errors

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 September, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 September, 1997, 12:00am

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Six reports into medical accidents at public hospitals have been completed and are expected to be released today.


Five of the investigations focused on incidents at Queen Mary Hospital and the other looked at a near-lethal injection of milk into a patient at Prince of Wales Hospital.


But some of the Queen Mary reports may be incomplete. Chairman of the hospital's governing committee Sophie Leung Lau Yau-fun might have received only part of the reports, her office said yesterday.


Taskforce head Dr Tso Shiu-chiu said disciplinary action would be left to the Hospital Authority in the case of car-crash victim Tsui Wai-ming, who received four packs of the wrong blood before he died on August 9.


The investigation said human error was to blame for the 20-year-old receiving types A and B blood instead of type O. Dr Tso said the team would call for the transfusion process to be simplified.


Medical chiefs at Queen Mary admitted a surgeon had accidentally removed a girl's fallopian tube during an appendectomy in April.


The doctor involved - a medical officer with four years' experience - was given only a warning.


Another probe was conducted into the removal of another woman's fallopian tubes a month previously.


In a separate incident at the same hospital, oxygen was mistakenly pumped into an 82-year-old woman's bloodstream instead of into an air cushion under her neck. The woman died.


And, at the same hospital, a staff member was cautioned for injecting a patient with undiluted potassium chloride in August.


The patient suffered no adverse reaction.