USC Transplanted Kidney in a Wrong Patient

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  February 19, 2011 at 12:58 AM Organ Donation News
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A kidney was accidentally transplanted in a wrong patient at USC University Hospital, following which the hospital has shut down its kidney transplant program last month, prior to which the hospital would perform about two transplants per week. The hospital authorities expect transplants to begin from Friday.
 USC Transplanted Kidney in a Wrong Patient
USC Transplanted Kidney in a Wrong Patient

It was a deadly error but fortunately the patient who was given the wrong kidney did not have any complications as the kidney was a compatible match. The original intended recipient of this misplaced kidney received another one after few days. Apparently the mix-up happened because two kidneys from separate donors came to the transplant center around the same time.

According to the chief executive of transplant donor network agency OneLegacy, Mr. Thomas Mone, the packaging and documentation was accurate and presumably it might have been a human error at the hospital.  The State Department of Public Health and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), which regulates the transplant programs for the US government is investigating this case.

Source: Medindia

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Transplanting an organ is a serious matter. That's why everything must be secured so as to prevent error. It's just a good thing that no complications arose from transplanting the wrong kidney.

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