Hospital blamed for medicine mix-up
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.