Written by: Wang Jieen
2020-02-27 20:54Last updated: 2020-02-27 20:56
The New Territories West Hospital Network said that the emergency room of Tuen Mun Hospital received a staff report this month indicating that an endoscope disinfection foam placed in the emergency room has expired. After inspection, it was found that the emergency room of Tuen Mun Hospital and Pok Oi Hospital The same batch of endoscope was used to disinfect the foam.
A spokesman for the network said that since October 1 last year, two emergency departments have used this batch of expired disinfecting foam to wipe throats during nasopharyngeal endoscopy for 20 patients. The disease has passed away.
The emergency department of Tuen Mun Hospital used sterilized foam to disinfect nasopharyngeal endoscopes. (Profile picture)
Expired last September
The spokesman said that nasopharyngeal endoscopy is mainly used to assess whether a patient's airway is blocked. Before the medical staff examines the patient, there are three cleaning and disinfection steps to wipe the endoscope throat. The disinfection foam is the second step in the disinfection procedure.
The shelf life of disinfection foam is generally two years, and the shelf life of batches involved is September 30 last year.
The same batch of endoscope disinfection foam was used in the emergency department of Pok Oi Hospital. (Profile picture)
Three have died due to their own illness
According to records, since October 1 last year, two emergency departments have used this batch of expired disinfecting foam to wipe the throat tubes when performing nasopharyngeal endoscopy on 20 patients.
The spokesman said that after consulting with microbiologists on the Internet, he believed that the risk of patients being infected was low, but for safety reasons, he would contact the affected patients to explain the incident. The hospital will arrange health assessments for 17 patients, and the other three patients have already died due to their own diseases.
The New Territories West Hospital Network apologized to the affected patients and the public. It also said that the Accident and Emergency Department had conducted an inventory to ensure that all supplies were within the shelf life, and reminded staff again to be alert to the safety of medical supplies.
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