Identification Tag Mix Up Makes Doctor Perform Surgery On Wrong Patient
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Following one of the worst cases of medical malpractices, the Kenyatta National Hospital have suspended a neurosurgeon.
Nigeria News gathered that, ” Two men had been wheeled into KNH unconscious last Sunday. One needed head surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain, while the other only required nursing and medication to heal a trauma swelling in his head, medically known as closed head injury.”
It was further revealed that, ” a horror mix-up of identification tags saw the wrong man wheeled into theatre and his skull opened.”
“Doctors did not realise the mistake until hours into the surgery when they discovered there was no blood clot in the brain of the man sprawled on the operating table.”
This led to the suspension of four medics on duty that night.
According to the hospital’s chief operating officer, Lily Koros, “The management has suspended the admission rights of a neurosurgery registrar and issued him with a show-cause letter for apparently operating on the wrong patient.”
In her words, “both patients were in good condition and that the one who had a clot might not undergo surgery because he had improved significantly.”
The four suspended medics include,” the neurosurgeon, the ward nurse, theatre receiving nurse, and the anesthetist.”