Woman dies after hospital carries out wrong blood type transfusion

The 45-year-old victim was admitted in the medicine ward of the district headquarters hospital in Keonjhar

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A 45-year-old woman in a remote Indian village died after a wrongly carried out blood transfusion. The bizarre death happened in the backward Keonjhar district of Orissa state on the eastern coast. The patient with O blood group was asked to take one unit of blood. However, the blood bank handed over a packet of 'A group blood to her husband. The lack of further checks at the treatment section resulted in the transfusion of wrong blood and the death.

The situation in Keonjhar district turned tensed after people took to the streets following the death of the woman. The incident triggered tension in the area and people are demanding immediate action against the hospital and adequate compensation to the family. The victim's family members and relatives, along with local residents, blocked the road near the district headquarters hospital in Keonjhar city to stage a protest. Moreover, two employees of the government-run hospital, where the woman was admitted, were dismissed.

According to NDTV, Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO), Kabindra Prasad Sahu said that recommendation has been made to take action against a doctor for negligence. He also confirmed that the laboratory technician Bharati Mahanta and staff nurse Hemangini Mahanta were sacked.

On Tuesday, the 45-year-old victim, Sukanti Nayak, who was a resident of Hadabandhasahi locality, was admitted to the medicine ward of the district headquarters hospital in Keonjhar after she was asked to take one unit of blood. It was reported that patient died on Tuesday, shortly after the administration of the wrong blood.

The hospital authorities in a statement admitted that a major mistake had been committed, reported the news website. The hospital further clarified that the blood bank received two requisitions with the same name but for different groups of blood. However, the administration was carried out without proper verification.