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Hospital Implements New System After Kidney Transplant Failure

Posted on October 17th, 2012 No Comments

After a major surgical error occurred at the University of Toledo Medical Center on August 10, hospital officials are making changes in order to make sure that this mistake never happens again.

On August 10, a viable kidney was removed from a young man who was donating it to his sister. The kidney was cleaned and placed into a metal container before being placed on ice in order to be transported. While it was awaiting transport, a nurse accidentally threw away the kidney because she did not know it was in there. Two hours later, it was found in the waste area of the hospital and could no longer be used.

After this major error occurred, all procedures used at this hospital’s surgical department were reviewed along with all hospitals where organ transplants occur. A few of the new policy changes include requirements that the surgical team must inform the surgeon before taking a break and nothing can leave the surgical room before the patient has been taken out.

Also, motion detectors will be placed on organ containers in order to sound an alarm when someone gets near the organ. It has also been said that employees at this hospital need to make sure that they are using a ‘checks and balances’ system in order to make sure that all staff members are aware of what is going on at all times. Two employees at the hospital resigned after the incident occurred.



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