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Ha Noi nurse suspended for serious negligence

Update: October, 23/2014 - 09:50
On Tuesday morning, the patient's relatives surrounded the hospital's board of directors' offices, insisting they clearly identify the cause of the patient's death. — Photo thanhnien

HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi-based Quoc Oai General Hospital yesterday suspended a nurse who failed to notify doctors about the condition of a 10-year-old girl who died on Tuesday while being treated there.

The patient died after being diagnosed with meningitis. Her family had suggested moving her to a higher-level hospital the previous day, but doctors did not consider doing so until she developed acute symptoms.

The hospital ordered all doctors and medical staff who treated the patient to write reports.

The nurse, Nguyen Phu Trung, admitted in his report that during his shift on Monday, the patient's relatives had suggested moving her to a higher-level hospital for better treatment. He should have reported their suggestion to the doctor on duty, but didn't. He told the patient's relatives that the case merely needed extra monitoring.

On Tuesday morning, the patient's relatives surrounded the hospital's board of directors' offices, insisting they clearly identify the cause of the patient's death.

The Ha Noi People's Committee assigned health department officials to quickly find out and report back.

The girl was admitted to hospital on Sunday with abdominal pain, according to the Health Department's report. Doctors diagnosed a digestive disorder, not ruling out appendicitis. They gave her fluids and antibiotics.

On Monday, she developed a fever and cough and the abdominal pain around her navel continued.

Around 4.15am on Tuesday, she appeared drowsy. Doctors provided first aid and then held a consultation, diagnosing meningitis. She was treated, but died about three hours later.

Vu Danh Tan, the hospital's deputy director, said that when doctors observed unusual symptoms, they began preparing to move her to a higher-level hospital. But the patient died before being moved.

Health department deputy director Luu Thi Lien said the department would send leading medical experts to help the hospital discover the cause of the girl's death. — VNS

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