Hos­pi­tal blamed for medicine mix-up

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By WANG HONGYI in Shang­hai wanghongyi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A Shang­hai hos­pi­tal reached a com­pen­sa­tion agree­ment on Fri­day with a pa­tient who lost her baby after she was given wrong medicine by a nurse at the hos­pi­tal.

The woman was 16 weeks preg­nant when she was ad­mit­ted to the Pudong Maternal and Chil­dren Care Ser­vice Cen­ter on July 1.

On July 3, a nurse mis­tak­enly gave her Mifepri­s­tone, a drug com­monly used to ter­mi­nate early preg­nancy. One hour passed be­fore they re­al­ized they made a mis­take.

Hos­pi­tal staff asked her to drink a large amount of wa­ter to in­duce vom­it­ing. She ex­pe­ri­enced stabs of pains and vagi­nal bleed­ing that night, but the hos­pi­tal did not test the ef­fect of the wrong med­i­ca­tion on the baby and dis­charged her on July 21, lo­cal me­dia re­ported.

One month later at a reg­u­lar preg­nancy check at the cen­ter, she was found to have a low vol­ume of am­ni­otic fluid and was hos­pi­tal­ized again. But on Aug 29 she still lost the baby.

Me­dia re­ports said the woman and her fam­ily ne­go­ti­ated with the hos­pi­tal many times but did not get a sat­is­fac­tory ex­pla­na­tion.

The Pudong New Area Doc­tor-Pa­tient Con­flict Me­di­a­tion Com­mit­tee be­came in­volved in Oc­to­ber. No de­tails about the com­pen­sa­tion were given.

The nurse was sus­pended by the hos­pi­tal and fined. The head nurse in the depart­ment was also given a penalty, the Pudong District Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion said.

In ad­di­tion to show­ing deep sym­pa­thy with the pa­tient, the com­mis­sion crit­i­cized the hos­pi­tal, and re­quired it to deal with those re­spon­si­ble and solve the dis­pute through me­di­a­tion.

The com­mis­sion said that the nurse has re­signed.

A woman sur­named Pan from the hos­pi­tal’s of­fice re­fused to com­ment.

Staff from the health and fam­ily plan­ning com­mis­sion said the hos­pi­tal and med­i­cal su­per­vi­sion de­part­ments are still work­ing on the case.

Wu Yi­wei con­trib­uted to this story.

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