The Hospital Authority and the Red Cross have been urged to strengthen blood-transfusion safety measures after the Coroner's Court found the death of a Tuen Mun Hospital patient who received contaminated blood was an unfortunate accident. A jury found unanimously yesterday that Wong Yun-cheun, 52, who had anaemia and liver problems, died of complications on January 7 last year after receiving a transfusion of red blood cells that had been contaminated by a common bacterium, Pseudomonas fluorescens. Wong's family members had blamed delayed treatment and poor communication at the hospital for his death. A panel that investigated the incident found in January last year that the bacteria could have seeped into the blood bag from condensation on a foam container during transport to the hospital. It recommended a list of enhanced safety measures to prevent contamination. The jury, before Coroner Michael Chan Pik-kiu, called for the Hospital Authority and Red Cross Hong Kong to implement the recommendations of the panel. The jury also urged the Hospital Authority to design measures to prevent mistakes being made on the pace of blood transfusion. The court was told the pace of Wong's blood transfusion had been faster than it should have been. The authority was urged to strengthen staff communication between wards and hospital blood banks. Because of a 'communication gap', staff in the blood bank had failed to test the blood for bacterial infection until a day after a request from medical staff in the ward, the court heard earlier. This had led to a 26-hour delay in giving antibiotics to Wong. However, Yuen Kwok-yung, the head of microbiology at the University of Hong Kong who led the investigation panel, told the court that the pace of transfusion and the delayed treatment had not led to the death. 'Wong had received blood contaminated by a large amount of bacteria,' Professor Yuen said. 'Given Wong's health condition at that time, it could not help even if he received antibiotics immediately after the complications were found.' Wong Yun-chiu, the younger brother of Wong Yun-cheun, said he could not accept the verdict because there were still some points of doubt - such as the delayed treatment and the communication gap. He said he had yet to decide whether to take legal action seeking compensation. A hospital spokesman said it would study the jury's recommendations in detail. A Red Cross spokesman said it had already implemented the panel's recommendations to enhance the safety of blood storage and transport.