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KNH boss on leave in brain surgery mix-up

KNH boss on leave in brain surgery mix-up

In the mind-numbing screw up, medical workers at the Nairobi hospital accidentally switched identification tags on two patients - one of whom was set to go under the knife to remove a blood clot in his head, according to Kenya's Daily Nation.

An unnamed man who was due to receive only nursing and medication for head swelling was wheeled into the operating theatre on February 19 and underwent a brain surgery meant for someone else.

Surgeons only discovered the mistake after failing to find a clot in the brain of the man whose head they had opened.

The CEO of the Kenya Medical Practitioners Union said the mix up laid bare the dangers to patients of an "overwhelmed" system and staff.

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"I apologise to the two patients and their families and especially the patient who was mistakenly operated on", Kariuki said yesterday.

The patients were received and both admitted in the hospital's Ward 5A, which houses general surgery and trauma patients without fractures.

Staff noticed the blunder hours into the craniotomy surgery, when doctors could not locate a hematoma, which is a blood clot and was reason for the surgery.

"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", Ms Koros said.

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But according to The Star, the doctor's colleagues had protested the suspension, saying that the nurses who prepared the patient for surgery were the ones at fault for wrongly labelling the two patients.

Both patients were said to be in good condition.

"They were also to check whether the patient was fit for the procedure".

She said four staff - the neurosurgeon, ward nurse, theatre receiving nurse and anesthetist - had been suspended.

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Just when Kenyans were beginning to forget about the "baby theft saga" that was recently reported at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), another scandal has hit the giant health facility.


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