Thursday, September 5, 2013

I'm worried about what they teach nurses these days if they can't even recognise a kidney...

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Donating an organ to a loved one, nothing quite says "I love you" like making that particular sacrifice, does it.

So I can completely understand why an Ohio family were horrified and outraged when the kidney harvested from Paul Fudacz Jr that was intended for his sister, was tossed out by a nurse before he was even out of the anesthetic.

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  1. I read this; unbelievable screw up. Happens when people just get too relaxed on their job...they make silly mistakes.

    Actually there are damages, the new donor kidney is not as good a match as the donors family member's was, plus the psychological trauma...but yes, at least the hospital did not try to cover up the error...some might have.

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    1. No doubt you're right. And someone else could have used that kidney, so there's that as well.

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  2. The kidney's that thing that's shaped like a swimming pool, right?

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    1. LOL! So I'm lead to believe from my extensive experience in playing Operation!

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  3. Hey, come on, we all make mistakes at our job. It just seems more horrifying because it was someone's kidney. Cut her some slack, we all have bad days. How was she to know a part removed from someone's body may be important? Oh yeah, because they took an entire organ out of someone's body! Yikes.

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    1. LOL! I suppose I might be more forgiving if she was an accountant or something.

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  4. I couldn't believe it when I read this story. What an appalling mistake to make.

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    1. It's definitely scary. Imagine making the decision to give up a kidney, then to wake up only to find out they tossed it away.

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  5. Wow now THAT is a mistake that there's no excuse for...people's lives are in the balance. Wow.

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    1. I believe the nurse lost her job, not really surprising.

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  6. I think she should have been made to donate one of her kidneys.

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    1. Wow, now there's that harsh brand of vigilante justice I've come to expect from my readers!

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  7. I agree that tossing a viable kidney is a really horrible mistake but I don't see the point of the lawsuit. First of all the liability is on the nurse that made the mistake. The corporate entity that is the hospital had a nurse that carries errors and omissions insurance, so take it up with the nurse. We can all agree the the hospital administration didn't or doesn't have a policy of throwing out vital organs. I appreciate that when companies make mistakes they take steps to make it right. What more can they do...other than doling out a bunch of cash.

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    1. I didn't realise that individual employees had malpractice insurance.

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  8. I can understand how upset they were over this colossal mistake but I don't approve of them suing the hospital. Perhaps I feel this way due to the National Health Service that everyone who works over here pays into. People who sue the NHS are making it harder for the organisation to function.

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    1. That's a good point in places that have a public health system.

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  9. So hard to believe that something like this could happen in this day and age. Even though this woman did receive another kidney it could never be as good a match as onew from her own brother.

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    1. That's true. Besides, she then got a kidney that theoretically could have gone to someone else.

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  10. I read about that online but it's nothing new.

    In Queensland a hospital threw out a guys skull. He'd had surgery, needed a piece of it removed for the swelling to go down, and they threw it out. They had to make him a new one once he'd gone on A Current Affair.

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    1. Seriously, it took him going on ACA before they made him a new one?

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    2. Yep, the story was only on a few years back. They threw it out by mistake, didn't help him, he went on ACA and then bang! they made him a new piece to pop in.

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  11. I was so sad to read this. I've worked with the transplant department at a hospital and don't agree with the comments that the family shouldn't sue the hospital. Yes the nurse made a mistake. But it's rare for this type of mistake to be able to happen IF proper protocols are in place and all staff are following them because there are supposed to be failsafes in place to prevent human errors. That is the hospital's responsibility to make sure it's happening.

    But regardless of fault, the lawsuit won't bring the organ back. Such a waste and so sad.

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    1. I suppose human error is going to happen, but error in a hospital is a bit more serious than error in an office.

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  12. Because I know two people who have received kidneys I know how long and hard it was to get them. I would say I would sue and donate all the money to the kidney foundation. Because in the end, there is still another person out there that has to wait for the right kidney to become available and that could mean the difference between life and death.

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  13. No way, she threw out the kidney!? I don't know in the end someone lost out on a kidney because they had to get another one so there is one person that is missing out!

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