A woman died allegedly after being given the wrong blood group at a government run hospital at Keonjhar in Odisha, triggering tension in the area and the dismissal of two employees on Wednesday.
Angry over the incident that took place on Tuesday night, family members and relatives of the woman and local residents staged a road blockade near the district headquarters hospital and demanded action against the guilty and adequate compensation.
Sukanti Nayak (45) of Hadabandhasahi locality in old town area was admitted to the medicine ward of the district headquarters hospital on Tuesday afternoon. According to hospital sources, doctors advised one unit of blood be pumped into Nayak.
The patient’s husband Birendra went to fetch a unit of ‘O’ group blood from the blood bank in the hospital premises, but the laboratory technician allegedly handed over ‘A’ group blood. The staff nurse conducted the transfusion, and a short while later, the patient died.
Chief district medical officer (CDMO), Kabindra Prasad Sahu, said laboratory technician Bharati Mahanta and staff nurse Hemangini Mahanta were dismissed for gross negligence as per instruction of the district Collector.
A recommendation has also been made for action against a doctor for dereliction of duty.
Sahu said the fatal mix-up happened due to two requisitions being made under the same name -- one from gynaecology and another from the medicine ward.
The blood meant for the patient in gynaecology ward was mistakenly handed over to Nayak who was admitted in the medicine ward, hospital sources said.