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Surgery death sparks inquiry

14th November 2006

27042006_operating_room.jpgPolice are investigating after a woman died and four fell ill after surgery in the same operating theatre at Britain’s largest hospital.

The patients all underwent surgery in the neurosurgical theatre at Nottingham’s Queen's Medical Centre in the past three weeks.

Police are now expected to look at whether equipment may have been tampered with. Alternatively the surgical equipment or the drugs used in the theatre may have been faulty.

The investigation was prompted following the death of an unnamed 36-year-old woman who died the day after she underwent spinal surgery. She had deteriorated unexpectedly and medics thought she may have had an allergic reaction to the anaesthesia, but this was later ruled out.

The hospital examined other cases and identified four who had experienced similar problems in the same operating theatre. Their investigation into the cause is continuing.

The QMC, Europe's largest teaching hospital, suspended all neurosurgical surgery for day until a different theatre could be made ready.

The hospital trust has reassured patients and families of the safety checks now in place. A spokesperson would not confirm or deny whether anyone had been suspended in connection with any of the incidents.

The four patients who fell ill are now recovered.

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Article Information

Title: Surgery death sparks inquiry
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 1070
Date Added: 14th Nov 2006


The Independent

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