bloodMedical Negligence Claims can arise out of laboratory errors in hospitals.   This was highlighted in the recent case of Mrs. Y, 38, who was admitted to hospital suffering from anaemia.  A blood transfusion was recommended.

A sample of Mrs. Y’s blood was taken for grouping and cross-matching and a pack of allegedly compatible A-positive donor blood was sent to the Ward for transfusion purposes.

After a very small quantity of the donor blood had been transfused, Mrs. Y stated that she thought she was A negative.   The nurse stopped the transfusion and contacted the Laboratory Technician.   The nurse was informed to continue as the cross-matching was compatible.

Shortly afterwards while the transfusion was ongoing, the Technician contacted the nurse to stop the transfusion as an error had occurred.

As a result, Mrs. Y was administered dextrose saline and hydrocortisone to counter any possible detrimental reaction.   Testing in the following days and again two weeks later established that there were no adverse physical sequelae so that, fortunately, no physical harm was done.

Mrs. Y brought a claim in respect of the pain, suffering, emotional stress and psychiatric injury suffered by her.   Medical evidence in support of her claim substantiated the claim that she was suffering from a major depressive disorder with psychosis as a result of the erroneous transfusion.

The hospital ultimately accepted full liability and the case settled.



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