Ohio hospital to resume kidney transplants after mistake

by lmallernee | December 17th, 2012

December 17, 2012

On August 10 at the University of Toledo Medical Center, an operating nurse accidentally disposed of a viable kidney. The donated kidney apparently was put with medical waste instead of going to the intended recipient. The hospital voluntarily halted live kidney transplants after the incident.

The Ohio hospital will resume live kidney transplants in the next few weeks, according to The Columbia Dispatch. After numerous reviews and some policy changes, the hospital decided to restart the live kidney program.

The reviews have resulted in procedural changes that officials believe will keep the mistake from happening again, according to the chancellor and executive vice president for health affairs at the university.

“Today we complete the next step in a difficult journey, but one I think unquestionably made us a stronger, safer hospital,” he said.

The hospital apologized and put two nurses and an administrator of surgical services on paid leave after the incident.

The week following the incident, the hospital resumed deceased donor transplants–where an organ is harvested from a dead person and given to a live person.

Kidneys are the most commonly transplanted organ. More than 5,700 kidney transplants involving living donors and 11,000 with deceased donors were performed last year in the U.S.

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