News Story: TYPE O patients transplanted in Durham with a TYPE A heart & lung - page 2

Just read on the wire service that a teenage female was transplanted with organs that do not tissue match and she is expected to die within a matter of hours. How could this happen? I'd hate to be... Read More

  1. by   cactus wren
    Originally posted by Debyanelsworth
    I know it is so sad, and Duke has such a good rep. deb

    Had...Duke Had a great rep...
  2. by   Liann
    I work in a blood bank/transfusion service. We do not do transplants in our facility, but we do fight a constant battle to get staff to check arm bands, label tubes correctly, have 2 signatures on the transfusion record, etc. I spend a lot of time explaining to disgruntled nurses, resident MDs , surgeons and anesthesia as to WHY I cannot issue blood crossmatched on an UNLABELLED tube, etc

    They usually respond by SHOUTING that a patients life is at stake...we are a trauma center and get a lot of John/Jane Doe folks....but I must follow my policy to provide the correct blood to the correct patient. The consequences of not following policy are too horrible to contemplate. I hope that Duke takes a closer look at their pre transplant policies ....what a mess.
  3. by   DebsZoo
    Just heard on the news this morning that another heart/lung has been found and they will operate this morning.
    Thoughts and prayers go out to this young lady and her family.