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Old 08-29-2011, 03:41 PM
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TAIPEI, Taiwan — One of Taiwan's best regarded hospitals said HIV-infected organs were mistakenly transplanted into five patients after a hospital staffer misheard the donor's test results by telephone.

The five are now being treated with anti-AIDS drugs, an official at National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei said Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because she is not authorized to deal with the media.

The hospital said on its website over the weekend the mistake occurred because a transplant staffer believed he heard the English word "non-reactive" on the donor's standard HIV test, while the word "reactive" was actually given.

The information on the test result was given over the telephone and was not double-checked, as required by standard procedures, the hospital statement said.

"We deeply apologize for the mistake," the hospital said.

The Health Department will look into the mistake and decide on possible penalties for NTUH, department official Shih Chung-liang said. If negligence was found to have caused the blunder, Shih said the hospital may have to suspend its transplant programs for up to a year in addition to unspecified fines.

The donor was a 37-year-old man who fell into a coma on Aug. 24 and his heart, liver, lungs and two kidneys were transplanted to five patients on the same day. NTUH said it transplanted four organs and the heart transplant was conducted at another hospital.

The donor's mother, who was not identified, told cable news stations that she felt terrible about the transplants and had not been aware of her son's ailment. She said he died after "falling from a high spot," without providing details.

Yao Ke-wu, who heads the health department of Hsinchu city, where the donor resided, decried the NTUH transplants as "appalling negligence."

He said NTUH staffers could have avoided the mistake by asking his department about the donor's medical history in advance and deplored that such inquiries were not mandatory in Taiwan.

Yao said the five organ receivers will very likely contract HIV and their treatment will be complicated because they also have to take medication to avoid rejection of the new organs.

The five recipients are Taiwanese. NTUH is among about a dozen well-equipped and highly-respected Taiwanese hospitals offering organ transplants.

There are also concerns among the physicians and nurses who conducted the transplants that they too may contract HIV. Medical staffers routinely take protections against bodily fluids during surgeries, but some experts also warned needle and other accidential cuts could still expose them to HIV.

Lee Nan-yao, a physician with the National Chengkung University Hospital, which performed the heart transplant, told the United Daily News that some physicians and nurses who had conducted the transplant "were depressed, and on the verge of panic."

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The Department of Health will allow National Taiwan University Hospital to continue performing organ transplants before deciding on disciplinary action for negligence that led to the transplantation of five organs from a donor with HIV, an official said yesterday.
“Not until National Taiwan University Hospital explains how the mistake occurred will the department decide on the kind of punishment to be imposed,” Bureau of Medical Affairs Director Shih Chung-liang (石崇良) told a press conference at the legislature.
Shih said the hospital would be allowed to continue performing organ transplants before the punishment is determined.
The department will write a report within two weeks about what went wrong on Wednesday, after it was discovered that a transplant team had harvested organs from a 37-year-old donor surnamed Chiu (邱), who tested positive for HIV.
One of Chiu’s lungs, his kidneys and liver were transplanted on Wednesday into four patients at the hospital, while his heart was transplanted into another patient at National Cheng Kung University in Greater Tainan.
At the press conference called by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers yesterday, the hospital’s vice superintendent, Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳), apologized on behalf of the hospital.
“The likelihood that the organ recipients will contract HIV/AIDS is very high ... We believe there is a 90 percent likelihood,” Chang said.
Chang said the hospital had introduced measures to prevent a recurrence to its standard operating procedures for organ transplants after conducting a review, -adding that officials would make sure those procedures are followed.
He said the hospital would transfer the 1,800 people awaiting organs to other medical institutions if its transplant surgery service is suspended as a result of the incident.
Deputy Minister of Health Chiang Hung-che (江宏哲) said the department had set up four teams to deal with the aftermath of the incident.
One of the four teams was tasked with finding out the causes of the mishap. Another, composed of psychologists, social workers, medical and legal experts, was tasked with assisting the five families affected by the incident. A third team was to consult with the hospital and National Cheng Kung University on medical issue, while the fourth was charged with responding to public inquiries and coordinating government agencies, Chiang said.
If the hospital is suspended from practicing organ transplant surgery, the department will make sure that the punishment does not affect the 1,800 patients on waiting lists, Chiang said.

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Shit. I live in taiwan too :(

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What a horrendous story.

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That's fucked up.

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