A serious medical error was committed at the National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) when five transplant patients received organs from a deceased HIV-positive donor.
The donor's HIV-positive test result was discovered by the medical staff 24 hours after the transplants were completed. Immediately, damage control process of HIV prophylaxis was begun on the patients. Further tests on the patients also turned out to be HIV-negative.
AdvertisementTUH has made available the treatment plans for all the five patients and will be taking care of all their hospital expenses. Negotiations have also begun about compensating the victims for the medical negligence.
Health authorities have blamed TUH for this grave error .The TUH transplant department head, Ko-Wen-tse faces punishment and has resigned from the services of the hospital, accepting responsibility for this medical error. A fine of 500,000 New Taiwan dollars (US $16,400) has been slapped on TUH for this accident.